Screening: The Lark Farm by the Taviani Brothers Followed by a Discussion with Lead Actor Mohammed Bakri

Tue, April 15, 2008 6:30 pm at Two Boots Pioneer Theater

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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY Collaborative Monthly Film Series Presents:

LA MASSERIA DELLE ALLODOLE/ THE LARK FARM/ Directed by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani Italy/ Bulgaria/ Spain/ France/ 2007/ 122 Min. |35 mm.

Followed by a Discussion with Lead Actor Mohammed Bakri

Tickets: $10 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members

Adapted from the novel of Antonia Arslan and co-directed by legendary Italian brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, The Lark Farm marks one of the few international features to tackle the Armenian genocide head-on. The story concerns the Avakian clan. An Armenian family living an affluent lifestyle and periodically shuttling back and forth between their two comfortable homes, the Avakians feel convinced that the rising tide of Turkish hostility on the horizon means little to them and will scarcely affect their day to day lives The Avakians ignore the warning signs, and set about preparing for a family reunion with the impending visit of two well-to-do sons - landowner Aram, who resides in Turkey, and Assadour, a physician living in Venice. But these illusions come crashing down when a Turkish military regiment crops up at the house, annihilates every male member of the family and forces the ladies to trek off into the Syrian desert, where they will be left to rot. Meanwhile, a handsome Turkish officer (Alessandro Preziosi) falls for Aram's daughter and makes an aggressive attempt to deliver her and her family from certain death, even as the circumstances surrounding him attest to the astounding difficulty of this goal


Nunik - Paz Vega
Armineh Avakian - Arsinee Khanjian
Aram Avakian - Tcheky Karyo
Young Officer - Moritz Bleibtreu
Beggar - Mohammed Bakri
Ismene - Angela Molina
Col. Arkan - Andre Dussollier

About 3rd I. 3rd I New York's monthly film and music salon designed
by local filmmakers and experimental DJs showcases the works of
independent filmmakers of South Asian descent and local djs,
musicians and electronica artists. Providing alternative forums for
South Asian filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their
work not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social
forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing

This program is supported by funds from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Last updated: 2008-05-10 17:43:22


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