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The 2024 program

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A celebration of the 100th anniversary of Armenian Cinema (1923-2023)

Barev Yes Em (Hello It's Me) | North American Premiere | Cannes Classics 2023

Frunze Dovlatyan | Armenia | 1966 | 105 mins

One of the historic milestones of Armenian cinema, inspired by the lives of two physicists and with the participation of three actors from Soviet cinema’s hall of fame: Rolan Bykov (Andrei Rublev by Andrei Tarkovsky), Armen Dzhigarkhanyan (Zero City and The Assassin of the Tsar by Karen Shakhnazarov) and Margarita Terekhova (The Mirror by Andrei Tarkovsky) in her film debut. The film was selected in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966 – the year that Claude Lelouch’s A Man and a Woman shared its Palme d'Or with Pietro Germi’s The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians. Hello, It’s Me! was released in the Soviet Union in the spring of 1966 and attracted ten million viewers. It was presented in a restored copy at the Cannes Film Festival 2023 in the Cannes Classics section.


“Love and death, war and creation, the problem of memory […] were highlighted with unexpected freshness. Everything here was new: the very space of the film, the faces of the heroes… It’s a great film.” Sergei Parajanov.

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