The 10th annual Golden Apricot International Film Festival celebrated the achievements of Armenian cinema.
A jury of internationally-renowned filmmakers handed out awards in categories including Feature Films, Documentaries, Armenian Panorama and Short Films.
In the International Feature category, the Golden Apricot was awarded to Serbian filmmaker Srđan Golubovic’s for his film ‘Circles’.
Runner up was Iranian Majid Barzegar for his film ‘Parviz’, one of the two Iranian films to scoop up top awards at the festival
“I’m so happy to receive this prize and I’d like to dedicate it to Jafar Panahi,” Barzegar said.
The film tells the story of a middle aged man called Parviz, who has lived at home with father for his whole life and has never had a job. His quiet routine is suddenly shaken up when his father decides to remarry and tells Parviz to move out.
“They chose the films that wanted to tell something about the lack of love, about the lack of human relationships,” said Hungarian director and feature competition jury president Istvan Szabo.
In the Armenian Panorama category, the Golden Apricot went to Maria Sahakyan’s film “I’m Going to Change My Name”.
The festival is held annually and carries the theme ‘Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations’ – a reflection of its desire to build bridges and foster cross-cultural dialogue through the medium of film.