ABOUT HIM OR HOW HE DID NOT FEAR THE BEAR

Synopsis

2019, Feature, color, 112min, DCP

How does society react to a pointless attack, to violence without any clear motive? The community in the Armenian city of Gyumri faces this conundrum when a Russian soldier kills seven members of a family. Nariné Mkrtchyan and Arsen Azatyan use shots of the real protests following the slaughter but fictionalise the true event. Their soldier is called Ivan, just like the fool from Russian folklore, who they have interwoven into their narrative in a children’s show.

The film focuses on the aftermath of the drama, with the characters symbolising the contradictory reactions evoked by events. The soldier is arrested, but war veterans Vahan and Sargis demand retribution and will do this themselves if necessary. The priest Avetis, however, calls on the people to keep calm and patient, while Vahan’s young wife Ani is very concerned. They each seek in their own way to recover the dignity taken from them.

Festivals:  IFF Rotterdam (Signatures)

Cast & Crew

Written and Directed by
Arsen Azatyan, Narine Mkrtchyan
Sound Master
Armen Sahakyan
DoP
Arthur Ustyan
Starring
Armen Abelyan, Mesrop Tsaghikyan, Robert Hakobyan, Narine Petrosyan, Samvel Asatryan, Mher Gasparyan, Aliaksei Marmurok
Music by
Aram Khachaturyan, Antonio Vivaldi
Production Design by
Gevorg Poghosyan
Script Consultant
Areg Azatyan
Produced by
Arsen Azatyan, Narine Mkrtchyan

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