The jury of “Sose” film festival is announced. The jury team consisting of nine people was presented during today’s press conference. The speakers were the festival’s president Rita Khalatyan, jury members – film critic Aneta Yerznkyan and actress Karine Janjughazyan. They presented the mission of the film festival, the movie-list, the jury team, the planned events and some other things.
This year “Sose” will be held September 23-30. Throughout those days film lovers will be shown 104 competing films from 38 countries. Out of 336 films sent from 61 countries films were chosen by filmmaker Anna Bayatyan (Armenia), filmmaker and producer Lyubo Yonchev (Bulgaria), and film critic Marisia Belska (Poland).
Feature and documentary, full-length and short-length films are participating in the festival, which are presented in the “Content is a woman” main competition programme, special competition programmes under the topics “Independence” and “H2o”, and “Student” competition programme. Most films are sent from France, Russia and the USA. There are 12 films from Armenia which passed the pre-selection.
“The full-length feature films jury involves film critic from Armenia – Aneta Yerznkyan, director and writer from Bulgaria – Maya Vaptsarova, musician and actor from Great Britain – Paul Carey Jones. In the jury team of short-length feature films Armenia is represented by actress Karine Janjughazyan, Moldova is represented by director and writer Anatol Durbala, France – by director, actor and producer Farid Dms Debah. In the jury team of documentary films Armenia is represented by actor, director, honored artist Davit Hakobyan, Georgia – historian, Doctor of Arts, Zivad Dolidze, USA – our compatriot, actor, director Arthur Elbakyan,” Rita Khalatyan mentioned.
Speaking of the chosen films, jury member Karine Janjughazyan noted that she had noticed a common feature, “In all the films I see a characteristic which saddens me. Almost everywhere women appear as despondent; in all the films there is absolute loneliness and a scream of despair. I really felt an internal necessity for broader layers of the society to participate and watch these films.”
Film critic, professor, jury member Aneta Yerznkyan especially liked the diversity of the films, “The international format is obligatory, and is a sign of the fact that the festival is not standing still, but is developing. I hope the festival will be long-lasting, and we will be able to witness interesting discoveries.”
The films included in “Sose” film festival’s competition programme will be shown at different cinemas and cultural centers of Yerevan. film screenings in Gyumri are planned as well.