Mariya SAAKIAN
Мария СААКЯН
Maria SAAKIAN
Russia, 2006, 92mn 
Colour, fiction
Mayak
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Маяк

 

 The Lighthouse

 Le Phare

 
Directed by : Mariya SAAKIAN (Мария СААКЯН)
Writing credits : Givi SHAVGLIDZE (Гиви ШАВГУЛИДЗЕ)
 
Cast
Mikhail BAGDASAROV (Михаил БАГДАСАРОВ)
Sofiko CHIAURELY (Софико ЧИАУРЕЛИ)
Sergey DANIELIAN (Сергей ДАНИЕЛЯН)
Anastasia GREBENNIKOVA (Анастасия ГРЕБЕННИКОВА)
Anna KAPALEVA (Анна КАПАЛЕВА)
Albina MATVEYEVA (Альбина МАТВЕЕВА)
Sos SARKISIAN (Сос САРКИСЯН)
Mikhail SILANTIEV (Михаил СИЛАНТЬЕВ)
Olga YAKOVLEVA (Ольга ЯКОВЛЕВА)
 
Cinematography : Maksim DROZDOV (Максим ДРОЗДОВ)
Production design : Ivana KRCHADINATS (Ивана КРЧАДИНАЦ)
Music : Kimmo POKHONEN (Киммо РОХОНЕН)
Companies : Société de production Andreevski flag (Кинокомпания «Андреевский Флаг»)
Film revenue in Russia : 0.01 million dollars
 
language Russe / Arménien
Site : www.majakfilm.ru/

Plot synopsis
Maria Saakyan's elegiac, semi-autobiographical slice-of-life drama The Lighthouse (2006) unfolds in the very early '90s, against the backdrop of the Caucasus wars that plagued Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. As the scope of this mass-scaled conflict extends itself to one woman's small village, she is forced to drop everything, move to Moscow, and start over from scratch -- thus bidding farewell to her hometown and way of life, perhaps indefinitely.
Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide
 

commentaries
Mariia Saakyan : The Lighthouse (Maiak, 2006), Josephine WOLL, kinokultura.com, 2008
 
Review on Kinokultura

Selected in the following festivals :
- Sofia International Film Festival, Sofia (Bulgaria), 2007
- Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam (Netherlands), 2007
- Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2006
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2006
- Festival Russian kino 'Moscow Premier Screenings', Moscow (Russia), 2006
- Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Vyborg (Russia), 2006