Dir. Nora Martirosyan, 2020, France. 100 min. Color
With Grégoire Colin, Hayk Bakhryan, Arman Navasardyan
In French, Armenian, English, Russian with English subtitles
Official Selection, Cannes Festival 2020
French auditor Alain Delage (Grégoire Colin, in tour-de-force performance) arrives in the war-torn South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh to study the feasibility of a new airport. He is quickly engrossed in the struggles of a proud people living on hope alone, and attempts to help them achieve their goals.
Armenian-born writer-director Nora Martirosyan’s extraordinary debut combines a precise and subtle portrayal of a complex geopolitical situation with a poetic, sensual evocation of life and human resilience.
“A fascinating story, and a contentious one” – Screen Daily
Q&A with Nora Martirosyan and Julie Paratian
Born and raised in Soviet Armenia, Nora Martisoyan gained exposure to cinema through her community film club, which allowed her to watch films that could not be seen otherwise in the USSR.