This elegiac, semi-autobiographical drama unfolds against the backdrop and legacy of the Caucasus wars of the early 1990s. Told with a dream-like intensity, a young woman returns to her home in a remote, war-ravaged Armenian village to persuade her grandparents to leave with her for safety in Moscow.
Beautifully photographed and composed, and set to a hypnotic soundtrack, this poetic and moving film is in the great visual tradition of Tarkovsky and Paradjanov. An outstanding directorial debut by an immensely talented young filmmaker tragically taken too soon.
Blu-ray Special Features:
• The Lighthouse (Mayak, 2006) presented from a new 2K restoration by the Hamo Bek-Nazarov Project, approved by the film’s cinematographer Maksim Drozdov.
• Maria Saakyan’s acclaimed short film Farewell (Proshchanie, 2003).
• Surviving Memories: a visual essay by Alessandro Luchetti and Manuela Lazic.
• Booklet featuring an interview with the director, and essays by writer/curator So Mayer and film historian Vigen Galstyan.
• Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C).
• World premiere release on Blu-ray.