Reviews - English

Nor Gyank / Los Angeles
The Japan Times
The Boston Globe
The Philadelphia Festival 
of World Cinema 
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Time out
Torronto Film Festival
Whatís on in London
Armenian genocide of 1915 examined in pair of films at MFA, Boston
IFF Rotterdam - Musicians
Film West
The Film Society of Lincoln Center New York
The Harvard Film Archive
The Boston Phoenix
Hayastani Hanrapetutiun
Mirror-Spectator On-Line
Dagens Nyheter
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
On Screen

© by author or publisher

If the © holders want us not to publish the text please contact me and we will delete it.
Webmaster e-mail


The Film Society of Lincoln Center New York


The Armenian monk Soghomon Soghomonian (1869-1935), known as Komitas, achieved an international reputation both as a composer and as an expert on Armenian folk and religious music. Yet, in 1915, at the height of his career, the incomprehensible slaughter of the Armenian people by the Turks left him shattered, and he was unable to compose or function for the rest of his life. Don Askarianís beautiful and deeply moving tribute to this remarkable artist is not a biography but rather a haunting meditation on the relationship between Komitas and the culture and people to whom he had devoted his life. Echoes of Jansco, Tarkovsky and especially Paradjanov can be found, but Askarian blends his influence into a style and a vision that are decidedly his own.

Richard PeŮa - Program Director