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Most Precious 100 Thousand Seconds
13 September, 2012

Premiere of Armenian Film in Tbilisi

On September 6, Amirani Cinema hosted the premiere screening of Armenian film called “100 Thousand Seconds.” The picture of the famous director earned the storm of applauses and emotions.

“Do you want me to prepare omelets for you?” the lady asks the man. The answer is affirmative. Then comes another question: “What do you want it with – sausage or tomatoes? – With eggs – is the answer.” The film is full of light humor, cozy

atmosphere and splendid acting. I would particularly point our Luiza Nersisian, the female lead.The music is worth mentioning too. It is wonderful that Armenians and Georgians managed to make such a nice tandem once again after Mimino by Giorgi Danelia. At that time the director was Georgian – now, it’s vice versa. And it is a love story, not the story of friendship. This is a melodrama; not a boring or cheap one. It is evident that the director is the master of his craft. The plot itself is quite coloreful. A young man and woman fall in love at first sight. They don’t have  much time, as the man is a foreigner. The action takes place at a woman’s apartment. After the first evening, the woman makes alleged “confession” that she is a prostitute. The latter is at a loss and asks her, how much he owes her, but she says that he is a ‘jubilee visitor’ (As a matter of fact, ‘Jubilee Visitor’ is the name of the film in Armenian) and that the service is free for him. The man does not want to believe it. He says that everything was so sincere and pure that she could not have acted so well. This is the tricky play. Afterwards, as they learn a bit more about each other, she asks him about his job and tries to guess – is he a famous film director, a millionaire, or a terrible killer? Sometimes, the movie resembles a thriller, as the man says that the last guess is true and that he hunts for pretty and light-minded women. At the end, it turns out that he is neither of these alternatives. The former wife calls him and by chance, the lady answers. They turn out to be friends, but they had never met before. Just then, the woman remembers the former wife telling her that he was to be operated.  But there is hardly any time left. However, these 100 thousand seconds that can cause his death, are more than life for the man – it is eternity – he has found love and does not care for anything else. He is ready to drink another prohibited glass of wine, because it has the aroma of her eyes and lips.

“At first, it was the play that went on with sold-outs for 9 months in Yerevan. Later on, they decided to make the screen version of the play. There was a long  casting period with lot of Russian, and of course, local Armenian actors. A number of Georgians were taking part in the audition. However, after seeing my clip, the director for some reason or other chose me,” Davit Katsarava, the male protagonist, better known as the local amateur sportsman and budding actor, says.

“Ara Ernjakian is a very famous director in Armenia. He is the artistic director of the Chamber Theater in Yerevan. He mainly works in the theatre and also writes plays. This play was one of his successful plays. Later on, he wrote the screen version for the movie,” Sopo Khachapuridze, PR Manager of Georgian screening of the film said.

The direstor of  the film Ara Ernjakian, attended the Georgian premiere. “It took me quite a while to find the appropriate man for my character. And at last, when I saw Dato at the casting, I realized that he would make it; he fitted this role in every aspect. He met my expectations. Now, it is very important for me how the Georgian audience receives the picture. I anticipate their approval.”

The director’s hopes came true. The Georgian public met the premiere with acclaim. Before Tbilisi, the film was shown in Los Angeles too and it received great appreciation. In the film, in which only two leading characters are taking part, there are no proper names; the city and the country are not identified either. The heroes don’t have names. The film is too touchy, too emotional, without extra moments for contemplation. However, the emotions are moderate and balanced and the spectator is never tired, just on the contrary – the viewer wishes that the show would never end, just like reading a good book.

Luiza Nersisian, actress who plays the role of the woman, is a prima actress in Armenia. Her performance is really impressive, and believe me – I did not know anything about her background or fame, but I at once felt that she was a very accomplished actress. “I found it very easy to work with Dato. I saw him for the first time in my life at the casting. However, we made friends very easily. As soon as the film appeared on the screen, all Armenian women desperately fell in love with him, inquiring intensely who this handsome guy was,” said the Armenian actress who also arrived in Tbilisi.

Simultaneously, the first night of the film took place at the Rustaveli Cinema and in Apolo, in Batumi. So, the movie is waiting for the spectators. The film is really worth watching; it is there, waiting to enthrall the viewers and fill them with emotions.

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