THE CUT
2014, Strand Releasing, 138 min, Dir: Fatih Akin

This powerful drama centers on Nazaret Manoogian (Tahar Rahim), a blacksmith who crosses continents in search of his two daughters after his family is shattered by the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Playing a character who survives a throat slashing, Rahim’s performance is largely wordless but deeply moving. “A genuine, hand-made epic, of the type that people just don’t make anymore … that has great intensity, beauty and sweeping grandeur.” - Martin Scorsese.


1915 THE MOVIE
2015, Bloodvine Media, 82 min, USA, Dir: Garin Hovannisian, Alec Mouhibian

To mark the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, a director (CASINO ROYALE’s Simon Abkarian) stages a play at the Los Angeles Theatre to honor the victims of that horrifying crime, which was forgotten and denied for a century. But as protesters surround his theater, and a series of mysterious incidents spread panic among his actors, we realize that Simon’s mission is more controversial than we think - and the ghosts of the past are everywhere. With Angela Sarafyan, Sam Page, Nikolai Kinski and Jim Piddock. Featuring an original score by Serj Tankian.


GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM
2014, Music Box Films, 115 min, Israel, Dir: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz

“Gett” is Hebrew for a divorce decree - something that’s very tough to get in Israel, where rabbinical courts hold jurisdiction and mutual consent is required. This riveting drama follows the five-year struggle of Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) to break from her loveless marriage to husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian); its powerful examination of the roles of men and women in a religious society where they are not always equal recalls Asghar Farhadi’s A SEPARATION. In Hebrew, French and Arabic with English subtitles.


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