Who comes to your mind first when you think about quality films and best directors? Hmm…, let us guess: Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Steven Speilberg…
Sure, when the history of cinema unfolds those names are going to be first in the list as “founding fathers” of modern cinematoghraphy, but be a little bit patient!
We assure you that among those brilliant directors, there are many others in the world that may not have a worldwide reputation, but still are just as talented.
Armenian world of cinematography has something to offer you as well. Meet the “it guy” of Armenian films- Hrach Keshishyan. Learn more about his biography and career achievements down below!
Hrach Keshishyan’s Biography Is Really Impressing
Hrach Keshishyan is a household name in the field of movie production in Armenia.
The future director and producer graduated from Yerevan State University in 1992. Now can you guess what department? A hint for you- it has nothing to do with films.
It’s a common experience with successful people. They start in some random sphere in college and then rediscover themselves in their real passion.
- This is true in Hrach Keshishyan’s case. He studied
- Though initially he worked as a teacher at school, 1990 was a turning point in his life. He started working as a director at the Armenian State TV and Radio Committee up to 1993.
- Then he was promoted to the general producer of Armenia Public TV. In a nutshell, his biography is filled with bunch of professional achievements.
- He was also the CEO and general producer of Armenia TV in 2012. This workacholic man has always been appreciated for his quality work.
- Hrach Keshishyan won many international and local awards for his amazing films and music videos. In 2014, he won at Pomegranate Film Festival and The Window to Europe.
- Armenian National Music Awards named him the best two times in 2005 and 2007.
- In 2011, he received the highest cultural award in Armenia. He was awarded The Movses Khorenatsi Medal.
The Career if the Most Successful Modern Armenian Director, Hrach Keshishyan
While working at TV, Hrach Keshishyan produced and directed many shows and programmes. Most of them are still on air. He even produced Armenian National Music Awards.
He also directed more than 100 music videos. All of them are cool. But his films deserve more attention.
As a director and producer he knows what it takes to create good films and knows how to keep you in front of the screens. Carefully chosen cast is another advantage of his movies. It is something that your favorite best known producers and directors do,isn’t it?
Subtle humor and flow of emotions, a real play of actors are what make Hrach Keshishyan’s films so special.
By the way, classic novels are always in the list of his films. As a director he started in 1994, with documentary film “All Rivers Flow”.
“The Killed Pigeon”, “The Cross Thief’s Memoir” and “The Three Comrades ” based on Armenian and German novels were quite successful.
In 2007, Hrach Keshishyan was already a producer. One of the best films called “Don’t be Afraid” was the one that made him a real household name in Armenia.
So, let’s take a look at some of his outstanding movies. This list could go on and on, but we’ve chosen top 4 for you.
Hrach Keshishyan’s Movies #1 | Nothing Will Stay
This movie is worth watching because it discovers the multidimensional talent of Hrach Keshishyan as a director, producer and screenwriter at the same tame.
It is about a married couple, Arsen and Elise. They really seem to live their life in harmony and mutual love. But where could we go without drama? This harmony lasts until Elise’s friend, Elen shows up from LA and gets way too involved in the pair’s life.
This results a complete mess. It might seem very trite topic. But the best cast, amazing music and quality work of the director made this film an iconic one.
Hrach Keshishyan’s Movies #2 | The Killed Pigeon
Many directors tend to keep classic novels, stories alive by making films based on them.
Well, we cannot say exactly all movies based on novels are masterpieces, or failures. But Hrach Keshishyan seems to know how to create masterpieces from those.
Huge flow of real emotions that viewers experience is one of the director’s zests.
The movie “The Killed Pigeon” comes to prove it. The film was made in 2009. It’s based on Armenian writer, Nar-Dos’ novel.
Sara falls in love with Ruben, but he leaves her. She remarries, but never gets over the pain caused by Ruben. In the end, she dies. The killed pigeon is Sara herself. Just watch the film to understand it!
Believe it or not, but locals are just crazy about this film. It doesn’t matter how many times they watch it, they really experience the same emotion like the first time.
When the movie first appeared in theatres, there were long waiting lines near box offices!
Hrach Keshishyan’s Movies #3 | Three Comrades
Perhaps you have already guessed what novel it is! “Three Comrades” is one of the most famous novels in world literature. It is written by German writer, Erich Maria Remarque.
The plot develops around three wartime friends and a girl who appears in their life quite accidently.
To be frank, it didn’t enjoy the reputation as other films directed by him, but it could touch the hearts of many people. The film was shot in 2009.
Hrach Keshishyan’s Movies #4 | Garegin Nzhdeh
Shot in 2013, this film really means everything to Armenians. Garegin Nzhdeh was a devoted warrior, who gave his whole life to his homeland.
He is one of the most outstanding military figures in Armenian history. It was only due to him that Syunik region got rid of invador turks and joined Armenia.
Throughout the whole history of its existence, Armenian nation gave many heores. Nzhdeh can surely be considered one of the bests.
All his life, military activities and imprisonment are condensed in Hrach Keshishyan’s film. It gained a huge populatiry right after appearing in theaters and is still one of the leaders among patriotic films.
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