I Love the Sound of the Kalachnikov, it Reminds me of Tchaik

Philippe Vartan Khazarian

Documentary film links, in a personal way, life and family stories with major events in modern history. With a beautiful soundtrack.

Philippe Khazarian: 'Here I am, with many others, watching and celebrating a new era - believing that images can have their own doubts. I will never forget my first ride on the back seat of a scooter. I was five. My father had lost me in Lyon's immense national park while I was performing cartwheels. Alone, surrounded by hundreds of Sunday-afternoon strollers, while the French National Police were looking for me. I finally decided to hitchhike on the nearby road. A stranger jumped off his scooter and started questioning me. What was I doing here on my own? Why was I crying? Where was my home? We were soon flying along the streets of Lyon. Under the helmet, I couldn't tell who this adult was. There were no introductions and when we said goodbye, at the front door, he held me and made sure that I would always remember that he, who saved me that day, was a man.'Khazarian's unusual film is a love story set at the end of the nineties, when a short visit to a war zone in Karabach evokes memories of both the terrible fate of the city and his own personal tragedy years earlier in France. Khazarian links both emotional lines in a surprising cinematographic investigation of his own and the collective memory. The French-British production was shot on 35mm, partly on Super 8 and DV and will be projected on digital video with Dolby Surround.

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Philippe Vartan Khazarian
Production country & year
France, United Kingdom - 2001
75 min
World premiere
Philippe Vartan Khazarian
Screen play
Philippe Vartan Khazarian
Garabed Maguessian, Aravni Maguessian, Arax Mansourian, Jana Galoustian, Gerard Chaliand
Sacha Der Petrossian, Philippe Vartan Khazarian
Stephane Leclerc
Sound design
Felix Le Bars