THE LAST FILM by Martiros Vartanov
A film about a film where a film was made, but the lead actress vanished from celluloid.
Martiros Vartanov‘s first film, entitled The Last Film, was shot at UCLA with an old Bolex movie camera on 16mm black and white Kodak film. This experimental short documentary film is dedicated to Sergei Parajanov and Mikhail Vartanov, stars Taguhi Vardanyan, and features the music of composer Armen Boyamyan. The Last Film was a semi finalist at the 41st Student Academy Awards®, had its world premiere at The Academy ® at LACMA in Hollywood with the US premiere of Parajanov’s restored Sayat Nova (The Color of Pomegranates), and was released by Criterion.
The second installment in Martiros Vartanov’s experimental 16mm black and white documentary trilogy is entitled Our Turn and is dedicated to Buster Keaton. Our Turn had its world premiere at Lincoln Center in New York.