Tue 21 Jan

Karine

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Special Screenings

MELODIA!

94 mins

in Armenian with EN subs

Soviet Union | 1969 | dir. Arman Manaryan, with L. Harutyunyan, A. Kajvoryan, Arman Kotikyan

Based on Tigran Chukhajyan’s operetta, this adaptation is a vivid example of the often overlooked diversity of the Soviet cultural landscape. Released shortly after the 1965 demonstrations in Yerevan (Armenia), this absurd operatic narrative of love, kidnapping and villains is accompanied by enchanting vocal and physical performances.

Preceded by a short panel discussion with speakers including Aris Nadirian, Musical Director of the London Armenian Opera and Professor Hratch Tchilingirian (Oriental Institute, University of Oxford)

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