During 18 years of its existence, Golden Apricot Festival has been always the place where French cinema and French film heritage were presented best in the best possible way. This year’s edition will be marked with 100 years anniversary of prominent French film director Alain Resnais. Golden Apricot 2022’s Special Guest will be prominent French director Costa Gavras.
Tribute to Alain Resnais at 19thGAIFF
Hiroshima, My Love
The War is Over
Last Year in Marienbad
Tribute to Costa Gavras at 19th GAIFF
Adults in the Room, 2019
French Film Day and French Showcase at the 19th GAIFF
We are planning to present a number of premiers of recent French films and French co-productions recently presented at Berinale 2022 and Cannes 2022. There will be traditional French Film Day in the frames of festival program to honor the French Cinema and underline on-going collaboration with French Embassy. At the French Film Day we will present the special screening (Yerevan premier) of Claire Denis’ latest film from Cannes 2022 Main Competition program.
Stars at Noon by Claire Denis (Yerevan Premier Program)
Tori et Lokita by Jean-Pierre and Luc Darden (Yerevan Premier Program)
A Lonely Night by Arnaud Khayadjanian (Short Competition Program)
French Film Professionals and Jury Members at the 19th GAIFF
Kosta Gavras, Fiolm Director, festival special guestPauline Ginot (ACID Cannes Director, Jury member)
Nora Martirosyan (Film Director, Jury member)
Jean-Max Mejean (Film Critic, FIPRESCI Jury member)
Arnaud Khayadjanian (Film Director)
ACid Cannes Spéciale
This year we will have "ACid Cannes Spéciale " - showcase of 5 films curated by French association of film directors which, since 1992, has been promoting the cinema distribution of independent films and encouraging debates between authors and audiences. The program will be curated presented by Pauline Ginot (ACid Cannes Director). The program will be open with the film SWAGGER by Olivier Babinet.
In collaboration with Goethe-Zentrum Eriwan
- Whispers of War/ Stille Post by Florian Hoffmann, Germany – Opening
- Rabiye Kurnaz VS Geroge Bush by Andreas Dresen, Germany/France, Yerevan Premier (Silver Bear Award at the Berlinale 2022)
- Rimini by Ulrich Seidl, German/Austria – Yerevan Premier (from Berlinale Competition)
- Exam by Shawkat Amin Korki, Germany/Iraq – Regional Competition
- Republic of Silence by Diana El Jeiroudi Germany/Syria – Regional Competition
Film director Florian Hoffmann will be a member of International Jury at this year GAIFF.
Florian Hoffmann was born in Berlin in 1987. After graduating from high school, he worked in foreign aid in West Africa. In 2008, he began his studies in ethnology, sociology and political science at University of Basel, Switzerland. Upon graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree, Hoffman took up his directorial studies at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). As of 2015, he has directed multiple award winning feature and documentary films. From 2016 on, he regularly taught for the Goethe-Institut Abidjan, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, as well as for the Television Workshop on Development Policy. Between 2019 - 21 Florian functioned as a technical assistant for Carolin Emcke's and Manuela Bojadžijev's video installation Archive of Refuge (HKW, Berlin). Since 2021, he has been assisting directors such as Kornél Mundruczó, René Pollesch and Julien Gosselin at the Berlin Theatre Volksbühne. Florian was a jury member at the Dokfilmfestival München (2016), a juror of the Berlinale "Friedenspreis" (2018) and was selected as a "Berlinale Talent" in 2022.
In cooperation with the US Embassy, the film program of the Sundance Film Festival will be presented within the framework of "Golden Apricot".
A special Sundance program at GAIFF 2022
Film Program - 3 films
- Fire of Love by (opening film of the program)
- A House Made of Splinters by (included in the international competition)
And the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in RA will support the publication of the festival daily newspaper.
Famous filmmakers will also arrive in Armenia within the framework of cooperation with international partners.
Within the framework of the festival, active cooperation is also carried out with the Armenian General Benevolent Union, where traditional rendezvous will be held.
GAIFF Pro production platform of the festival will be held with the support of AGBU and Creative Armenia.
GAIFF Pro 2022 will feature a range of 12 projects and 4 work-in-progress films in the Co-Production Market. Designed for emerging filmmakers of the Western Asia Region, it aims to help filmmakers develop their first or second feature film projects. Throughout the week, project representatives will have the opportunity to work with film and industry professionals from around the world and pitch their projects.
A list of selected projects includes:
A LADY CALLED SAYEDA by Anas Salaheldin (Egypt, Germany)
AISHA CAN'T FLY AWAY ANYMORE by Morad Mostafa (Egypt)
FLYING COWS by Vahagn Khachatryan and Aren Malakyan (Armenia)
LET ME SINCERELY CRY WITH YOU by Harut Makyan (Armenia)
MILK AND HONEY by Tornike Gogrichiani (Georgia)
OUT OF PLACE by Mohamed Al-Majdalawi (Palestine, Sweden)
TASTE OF LIFE by Angela Frangyan (Armenia, France)
THE STONE by Mariam Khatchvani (Georgia)
TOWARDS ALLEN by Evelina Barseghyan (Armenia)
WEEDESTINE by Said Zagha (Jordan)
WITH LOVE AND SQUALOR by Sogol Rezvani (Iran)
ZAKO by Tigran Arakelyan (Armenia)