Agnieszka Holland

The great filmmaker and the Chairwoman of the European Film Academy, Agnieszka Holland, issued a statement for the occasion of the 2015 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Awards honoring the Grammy-winning rock band System Of A Down.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the band System of a Down who share my commitment to justice and to making people aware, through art, of atrocities visited by people upon each other. I wholeheartedly support the restoration of Mikhail Vartanov‘s Parajanov: The Last Spring. We have to make sure that the work of seminal artists like Mikhail Vartanov is preserved, promoted and accessible to the widest possible audience. His films, made against all odds and under the harshest conditions and repression, are crucial to the important heritage of world cinema.”

AGNIESZKA HOLLAND
film director, AMPAS member, Chairwoman of European Film Academy