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Technical data:
35 mm, 1:1.66, 84 min, color. Germany, 1992.
Script, Direction, Editing, Art Direction by Don Askarian.
Produced by Don Askarian and Margarita Woskanian in co-production with NDR, Germany and FIAF, Armenia with support by Filmburo NW, Germany.
Distributed and broadcasted in Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Armenia.
Prizes: "Special Prize of Int. Film Fest." in Mannheim'92; "Hubert Bals Fund's Support" - Rotterdam'93; "Main Prize for best direction" Fugueira da Foz'93.
© by Don Askarian.

Prints in Armenian, German, Italian, Dutch, Japan.

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AVETIK is in the list of best ten films of all times 
by Norbert Link

"Avetik" was treated as the best film of 1993 by a number of film critics like Peter W. Jansen.

"Dali, Tarkovski, Bunuel, Deren ... Add the name of Armenian director Don Askarian to the ranks of this dream team. His latest film "Avetik" is very much in tradition of the cinema of dreams. A gorgeous and mesmerizing film, "Avetik" both thrills the eye and boggles the mind. It takes you on a journey of the mind that leads to heaven or hell - a succulent garden full of bare-breasted goddesses or a frozen step of devastation and death". "Askarian is capable of producing images that are unlike anything ever seen before, yet hit you with a primal immediacy".

Giovanni Fazio, "The Japan Times" 25 March, 1995

The Harvard Film Archive  about the film


Hovering between the realms of poetry and history, this stunningly photographed, elegiac work-hot mostly in long takes-mixes cryptic metaphor and fantastic symbolism to tell the story of Avetik, an Armenian filmmaker exiled in Berlin. Director Askarian employs dreamlike images-a crumbling, ancient stone chapel gradually reduced to nothing by the rumbling vibrations of passing military vehicles; a ghostly cemetery of carved tombstones in which a woman takes a starving sheep in her arm and breast-feeds it back to life-to reflect the history of his homeland and shades of his own exile in Germany. In sensuous, lyric tableaux, Askarian explores German racism, the 1915 Armenian genocide, the disastrous earthquake of 1989, tranquil childhood memories, and images inspired by erotic medieval poetry.

    King Tigran

                                           CAST & CREDITS

Alik Assatrian

Avetik as Child
Mikhael Stepanian

Karen Ganibekian

Eduard Saribekian

Armenian King
Samvel Ovasapian

Geno Lechner

In further Rols
Armen Hovanessian, Nare Haikasian,
Wahram Martirossian, Oxana Podgaiskaia, Setrak, Igor Moltchan, Margarita Woskanian, Wigen Keshishian, Gevorg, Sergei, Wigen

Gagik Avakian, Martin Gressmann,
Andreas Sinanos

V. Bellini, F. Schubert, Armenian Folk Music

Production Supervisor and Management as well as Filmmusic, Sound editing and Costumes
Margarita Woskanian

Marlik Bagdassarian, Bi Meyer

Rudolph Schwarz, Oliver Grafe

Rafik Kirakossian, David Gevorkian,
Vigen Begoian, Luc mc Bain, Chris

Marien Harutunian

Sound Effects
Heinz Heppner,
Dirk Heppner

Assistant Directors
Barbara Schubert, Nara

Alexander Davtian, Rubik,
Alexander Rytov, Peter Döttling,
Dimitris Damalas

Art Direction Assistants and Properties
Alik Assatrian, Rubik Abrahamian,
Robert Askarian, Armen aus Erewan, Babken Alaverdian, Nina and Gagik

Hakop Ghughuian, Babken Alaverdian, Mikhael Adamian,
Vardkes Harutunian, Gedeon Movsessian, Wrej Badalian, Schiko

Location Management
Aschot Abrahamian, Aschot Tigranian

Aschot Nasarian, Ara Stepanian


Thomas Wilk

Ralf Krause

Commissioning Editor
Eberhard Scharfenberg, NDR

Script writer, director, editor, art director
Don Askarian

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