People tell stories. In Toronto, an art historian lectures on Arshile Gorky (1904?-1948), an Armenian painter who lived through the genocide in Turkey in 1915. A director invites the historian to help him include Gorky's story in a film about the genocide and Turkish assault on the town of Van. The historian's family is under stress: her son is in love with his step-sister, who blames the historian for the death of her father. The daughter wants to revisit her father's death and change that story. An aging customs agent tells his son about his long interview with the historian's son, who has returned from Turkey with canisters of film. Parents and children. All the stories connect. Written by
In a world full of denial, how do you determine who's telling the truth?
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6 December 2002 (USA)
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Opening Weekend: $211,130
(15 November 2002)
(24 January 2003)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?
Director and screenwriter Atom Egoyan
(born Atom Yeghoyan) is a Canadian citizen of Armenian descent. Other prominent Armenians of significance in film history include Sergei Parajanov
, Henri Verneuil
(born Ashot Malakian), Charles Aznavour
(born Chahnour Varinag Aznavourian), Cher
, Haig Manoogian
, Rouben Mamoulian
, Robert Guédiguian
, Eric Bogosian
, Richard C. Sarafian
, Francis Veber
, Albert Hughes
and Allen Hughes
, Anna Melikyan
, Aram Avakian
and many more. See more
But he thinks Turkey was at war with Armenia. Doesn't it bother you that he doesn't get the history?
No, not really.
I mean why didn't you explain to him that we were citizens, we were Turkish citizens. We had a right to be protected.
Are you driving him home?
Huh. Take this.
[hands him dollar bills
Buy him a bottle of champagne. Let him think that he has done something special.
Something special? I'm sorry, Mr Saroyan, I don't think I understand.
Young man, do you know what still causes ...
Closing disclaimers: 1) The historical events in this film have been substantiated by holocaust scholars, national archives, and eyewitness accounts, including that of Clarence Ussher. 2) To this day, Turkey continues to deny the Armenian Genocide of 1915. See more
References Shoot the Pianist
(Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers)
Performed by System of a Down
Written by Daron Malakian
(as Malakian) / Serj Tankian
(as Tankian) / Shavo Odadjian
(as Odajian) / John Dolmayan
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