‘Saakyan's debut is a poetic reverie on memory and homeland, with a hypnotic combination of image and music’ - Peter Hames, Sight & Sound Films of the Year 2007
Marking both the week of International Woman's Day and the recent untimely death of the director, join us for a special screening of the award-winnng debut feature film by the late Maria Saakyan.
Maria Saakyan’s elegiac, semi-autobiographical drama The Lighthouse unfolds against the backdrop of the Caucasus wars that plagued Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan during the early 1990s. Told with a dream-like emphasis on vision and sound this is the story of a young woman, Lena (Anna Kapaleva), who returns to her home in a remote, war-ravaged Armenian village to try and persuade her grandparents to leave with her for safety in Moscow. An outstanding directorial debut, and an immensely moving experience.
Second Run DVD founder and director Mehelli Modi will be in conversation with commentator, poet and activist So Mayer, author of Political Animals: the New Feminist Cinema after the screening. The evening will be hosted by Gareth Evans.
With thanks to Second Run DVD
Read So Mayer's obituary of Maria Saakyan here.