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21 November 2003 (Italy) See more »
In a remote, isolated Yazidi Kurdish village in post-Soviet Armenia, Hamo, a widower with a pitiful pension and three worthless sons... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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

Directed by
Hiner Saleem 
Writing credits
Lei Dinety (writer)

Pauline Gouzenne (adaptation)

Hiner Saleem  writer

Produced by
Fabrice Guez .... executive producer
Taguhi Karapetyan .... 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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Canada:84 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Surrealism and comedy!, 17 October 2006
Author: kurdishcinema from Australia

Vodka Lemon is such a great movie by a Kurdish director living in France. The film is full of surrealism (like the horse galloping in the streets and the ending in which the piano moves by itself)and comedy! The beautiful snow covered landscape is extraordinary, the scenes during the nights are best in terms of cinematography. I think this film is Hiner Saleem's best film, after moderately nice "Long Live the Bride...Liberation of Kurdistan", in particular. It shows how Kurdish people living in Armenia influenced by the Russian and Armenian cultures, like drinking vodka-lemon all day, even at the cemetery, while mourning for the dead wife. The story is well organized and weaved, sub-plots works well (like the piano player girl, Zine, and the Avin's marriage with the weird Kurdish man). Vodka Lemon's representation of Kurdish life and culture in Armenia is proper and great I think, Saleem is opening a window that reflects the life of Kurds in Diasporas. He did it before in his first feature "Long Live the Bride..)

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