Alik, 25, has been raised by his grandfather, conductor of a renowned classical orchestra in post-Soviet Armenia where cultural institutions are failing and oligarchs allied with the mafia hold power. Alik, a clarinetist, is the virtuoso in this orchestra whose existence is seriously threatened when its key sponsor is murdered. One night, Alik comes into possession of a hired killer’s mysterious telephone, which is used only to commission hits. Manipulated by a crook’s daughter with whom he falls hopelessly in love and wishing to save the orchestra at all costs, Alik decides to take on the identity of the killer known as “The Virtuoso” and attempt to carry out his contracts.
But Alik is a virtuoso musician, not a killer…
Grand Prix FIFOG d’Or | Festival international du film oriental de Genève, Switzerland, 2017
CAST & CREW
Robert Guédiguian, Hrach Keshishyan, Marc Bordure
Levon Minasian, Stéphanie Kalfon
Director of Photography
Tigran Hamasyan, Michel Petrossian
Samvel Tadevosian, Maria Akhmetzyanova, Arman Navasardyan, Rudolf Ghevondyan, Vrezj Hakobyan, Aram Karakhanyan, Manuk Hakhverdyan, Mkrtich Arzumanyan
Production Companies HK Productions Agat Films & Cie Artémis Seppia Productions Orange Studio
Levon Minasian began his theatre studies at the Institute of Fine Arts and Theatre in Yerevan. He worked as an actor at the Araspel and Vardan Adjemian Theatres in Gyumri. He studied film at the University of Paris-8 (France). In 1996, he received his Master’s Diploma with distinction. Levon Minasian directed short films, produced by French production companies. His short comedy The Piano has participated to more than 80 festivals worldwide, received 35 awards and mentions.
At the Beginning of the Spring Time (1997, short), Terra Emota (1999, short), Lux Aeterna (1999, short), Overseas Lovers (2000, short), Love Your Face (2001, short), Dreams of Elsewhere... Diary of a Grouser (2003, short), The Piano (2011, short), The Sandwich Island Man (2015, short), Bravo, Virtuoso! (2016)