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Music director  Serj Tankian
Country  United States
4/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Duration  
Language  English
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Director  Garin Hovannisian Alec Mouhibian
Release date  5 April 2015 (2015-04-05) (Germany) 17 April 2015 (2015-04-17) (United States)
Writer  Garin Hovannisian, Alec Mouhibian
Directors  Garin Hovannisian, Alec Mouhibian
Screenplay  Garin Hovannisian, Alec Mouhibian
Cast  Simon Abkarian (Simon), Angela Sarafyan (Angela), Sam Page (James), Nikolai Kinski (Tony), Jim Piddock (Jeffrey), Debra Christofferson (Lillian)
Similar movies  Army of Crime, Aghet
Tagline  100 years after the Armenian genocide.

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1915 is a 2015 psychological thriller film co-written and directed by Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian. It is produced by Hovannisian and Mouhibian with Terry Leonard, and stars Simon Abkarian, Angela Sarafyan, Samuel Page, and Nikolai Kinski, along with Jim Piddock. 1915 follows a mysterious theater director in present-day Los Angeles as he stages a controversial play to bring the ghosts of a forgotten tragedy back to life. The title refers to the Armenian Genocide. The film also features the first original film score by Serj Tankian, the Grammy-winning frontman of System of a Down.

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1915 was released theatrically in the United States on April 17, 2015, and was the #2 box-office performing debut film on its opening weekend. It released widely in Russia on April 23 and Armenia on April 25. In December, 2015, it screened in Turkey as part of the Lake Van International Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize.

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Plot

Exactly 100 years after the Armenian Massacre committed within Ottoman Empire, a director (Simon Abkarian) is staging a play at the historic Los Angeles Theatre to honor the victims of the massacre. The play stars his enigmatic wife (Angela Sarafyan) as an Armenian woman in 1915 who must make a tragic and controversial decision that will change the course of history. This will not be an ordinary performance. As protesters surround the theater before showtime, and a series of strange accidents spread panic among its actors (Sam Page, Nikolai Kinski) and producer (Jim Piddock), it appears that Simon's mission is far more dangerous than we think—and the ghosts of the past are everywhere.

Themes

The film explores many themes, especially that of denial—referring not only to the supposedly 100-year denial of the alleged Armenian Genocide by the Republic of Turkey, but also the many forms of individual denial among the characters in the story.

Critic Martin Tsai, in his Los Angeles Times review, identified 1915 as contemplating "personal tragedy versus collective grief, artistic license versus historical responsibility, revisionist history versus corrective narrative, forgetting versus moving on," and praised the film as "one creative way to do justice to such a monumental topic."

In an interview, co-writer/director Alec Mouhibian said, "How can the past have such power over us in the present, and what are the secret ways in which we deal with it? The target of 1915 is you, the viewer, whoever you are, whatever your background. Everyone who steps into the mystery will experience it in one's own way. We hope you come out of it with a richer connection to your past -- a new way of feeling history."

Production

1915 is the first feature film by Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian. Hovannisian is the author of Family of Shadows and has written for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and other publications. Mouhibian is a writer and comedian whose work has appeared in Slate, The Weekly Standard, and a variety of other publications. He has also been a Media Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Hovannisian and Mouhibian have been collaborating on film and literary projects for more than ten years.

The film was produced by Bloodvine Media, in conjunction with Strongman and mTuckman Media.

Location

Filming took place almost entirely on location at the historic Los Angeles Theatre, in downtown LA. Long believed to be haunted, the theater is its own character in the story, and the deleted scenes include references to one of its founders, Charlie Chaplin.

Cast

  • Simon Abkarian as Simon
  • Angela Sarafyan as Angela
  • Samuel Page as James
  • Nikolai Kinski as Tony
  • Jim Piddock as Jeffrey
  • Sunny Suljic as Gabriel
  • Debra Christofferson as Lillian
  • Music

    The original score of the film was composed by Serj Tankian, formerly of System of a Down. It is his first film score.

    Release

    The theatrical release of 1915 in the United States took place on April 17, 2015, with the film's premiere taking place on April 13 at the Egyptian Theatre in conjunction with the American Cinematheque. It released widely in Russia on April 23, 2015, and in Armenia on April 25, 2015. Its first international preview was at the Maxim Gorky Theatre in Berlin, Germany on April 5, 2015. It released in Australia in June, 2015.

    On May 26, 2016, the film was released in the UK. On June 4 it was released in France.

    In 2015 it was featured selection in the Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Romanian International Film Festival, and Lake Van International Film Festival in Turkey, where it won the Special Jury Prize. It was also awarded "Best Film" by the World Entertainment Armenian Awards.

    References

    1915 (film) Wikipedia
    1915 (film) IMDb 1915 (film) themoviedb.org


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