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Director:
Writers:
Lei Dinety (writer) and
Pauline Gouzenne (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
21 November 2003 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
In a remote, isolated village in post-Soviet Armenia, Hamo, a widower with a pitiful pension and three worthless sons... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
7 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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(2 articles)
Cannes Film Review: ‘My Sweet Pepper Land’
 (From Variety - Film News. 31 May 2013, 11:54 AM, PDT)

"Kilometre Zero," "Lubitsch Musicals"
 (From IFC. 4 March 2008, 4:00 AM, PST)

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Kurdish film director shows a humane story of economic hardships set in snow capped mountains of Armenia !!!!! See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Romen Avinian ... Hamo
Lala Sarkissian ... Nina
Ivan Franek ... Dilovan
Ruzan Mesropyan ... Zine (as Rouzanna-Vite Mesropian)
Zahal Karielachvili ... Giano
Astrik Avaguian ... Avin
Armen Marutyan ... Romik (as Armen Marouthian)
Armen Sarkissian ... Conducteur autobus
Hasmik Alexanian ... Femme acheteuse armoire
Roudik Revondyan ... Homme Volga
Hasmik Ter-Karapetian ... Femme de Romik
Svetlana Babelyan ... Tali
Levon Meloyan ... Patron Nina
Vahagn-Poncho Simonian ... Robert (as Vahagn Poncho Simonian)
Gaguik Sarkissian ... Homme acheteur armoire
Aramo Guervorguian ... Jeune homme TV (as Aramo Guevorguian)
Lilit Karaétian ... Fiancée jeune homme TV
Témour Mhoyan ... Azad
Edouard Bagdassarov ... Auto-stoppeur 1
Gourguen Basmadjian ... Auto-stoppeur 2
Hayk Avaguian ... Chauffeur bus armoire

Hiner Saleem ... Homme piano
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Directed by
Hiner Saleem 
 
Writing credits
Lei Dinety (writer)

Pauline Gouzenne (adaptation)

Hiner Saleem  writer

Produced by
Fabrice Guez .... executive producer
Pierrick Le Pochat .... line producer
Michel Loro .... line producer
Tiziana Soudani .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michel Korb 
Roustam Sadoyan 
 
Cinematography by
Christophe Pollock 
 
Film Editing by
Dora Mantzoros 
 
Production Design by
Kamal Hamarash 
 
Production Management
Margot Luneau .... production director
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guillaume Bonnier .... assistant director
Christine Marrou .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Christian Fontaine .... sound re-recording mixer
Yves-Marie Omnes .... boom operator
Frédéric Ullmann .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Viguen Begoyan .... electrician
Cyril Liberman .... assistant camera
Olivier Regent .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Bruno Patin .... color timer
 
Music Department
Alexandre Gasparov .... musician: piano
Roland Romanelli .... musician: accordion
Jean-Pierre Smadja .... musician: oud
Zorica Stanojevic .... musician: violin
 
Transportation Department
Manuel Adoyan .... driver
 
Other crew
Julie Belthoise .... location manager
Geraldine Niche .... production secretary
Delphine Prothais .... production assistant: France
 

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Runtime:
Canada:84 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:90 min
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG
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Crew or equipment visible: In the last scene, when Hamo and Nina play the piano and move far away from the camera. You can see the shadow of someone pulling them behind the piano.See more »
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Tombe la neigeSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Kurdish film director shows a humane story of economic hardships set in snow capped mountains of Armenia !!!!!, 1 June 2010
Author: Film_critic_Lalit_Rao from France

It is believed that a successful film is recognized not only by a good story but also by the manner in which that particular good story is told.If we take these concepts into consideration and watch "Vodka Lemon",we would find that we are watching a good story which is being told in a very frank and honest manner.In "Vodka Lemon",Iraqi/Kurdish film director Hiner Saleem deftly shows the warmth of human emotions in an area full of snow.His film gives a creditable message that due to their indefatigable will to survive ordinary people can remain warm even in an extremely cold area covered with many snow capped mountains. His film bears testimony to the fact that life goes on for everybody despite various obstacles which are mostly related to money.For admirers of ancient Soviet Union,Vodka Lemon gives many hints related to the nostalgia of the old times.Some of this film's characters seem to suggest that old times were wonderful in former Soviet Union as everybody was able to lead a simple life without having to bother about food and other issues related to money.Apart from its political viewpoint which is fairly innocuous,Vodka Lemon wins viewers' hearts as it has most flavors of human emotions such as comedy,satire and tragedy. In the modern realm of world cinema there are times when talented filmmakers are discovered purely by chance.Hiner Saleem is one such discovery whose film "Vodka Lemon" won the best film prize as part of counter current section at Venice International Film Festival 2003. PS : Film critic Lalit Rao would like to thank a good friend Mr.Philippe Pham for having gifted a DVD of this film for detailed analysis.

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