The life of one of Armenia’s greatest composers father Komitas has always fascinated me. I’ve often considered his tragic story to represent the history of the Armenian people of the last century.
To him we owe much for the preservation of Armenian folk music. His musical genius and poetry are yet to be fully understood and his autobiography is certainly worthy of cinema. Be it him getting orphaned at the young age, his studies in Berlin under extremely poor conditions, his rise to international fame or fall to madness in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide, perhaps every chapter of his life deserves a feature film.
I’m therefore extremely excited for the upcoming feature film inspired by his life. Directed by Arman Nshanyan, the movie will premiere on April 23 2020 in Armenia. The trailer looks very promising and I certainly recommend watching it upon release, I know I will.
The plot summary of the movie reads:
Inspired by true events, this is a film about a childhood friendship, torn apart by the horrific Hamidian massacres infiltrated by the Ottoman Empire under the rule of Sultan Abdul Hamid II (1894-1896). A brave Turkish woman at a time of dire prejudice risks her own life and the life of her family to save her best friend who is hunted down for her religious beliefs. This epic portrayal spans from 1881, to 1915, Constantinople, taking us on an emotional and musical journey to the last concert given by Archbishop Komitas. A musical and biographical film which takes place on the backdrop of the sacred and ancient music of Archbishop Komitas, also known as Solomon.
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