|Country||:||United States of America|
|Slogan||:||YOU CAN’T ESCAPE THE PAST|
|Hashtags||:||#EndYourDenial, #ArmenianGenocide, #1915TheMovie|
|Writer-directors||:||Garin Hovannisian & Alec Mouhibian|
|Producers||:||Garin Hovannisian, Alec Mouhibian, and Terry Leonard|
|Duration||:||82 min. / 1:22|
In 2015, exactly 100 years after the Armenian Genocide, a director (Simon Abkarian) is staging a play at the Los Angeles Theatre to honor the victims of that crime, forgotten and denied for an entire century. The play stars his enigmatic wife (Angela Sarafyan) as an Armenian woman in 1915 who must make a controversial decision that will alter the course of history.
But this will not be an ordinary performance. As protesters surround the theater before showtime, and a series of strange accidents spreads terror among the play’s cast (Sam Page, Nikolai Kinski) and producer (Jim Piddock), it appears that Simon’s mission is far more dangerous than we think – and the ghosts of 1915 are everywhere.
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In 1915, under the cover of a world war, millions of Armenians were quietly taken out of their homes and marched to their deaths in the deserts of Ottoman Turkey. Their towns and villages were burned to the ground. Their churches were dismantled, too; the crime was to be denied forever.
It was a crime so new, it did not even have a name.
Those who escaped 1915 tried to find new lives across the world. Many survivors, like our great-grandparents, never spoke of what they had seen. But some nights, we would hear them crying and screaming in their sleep.
In April 2015, millions of Armenians across the world commemorated the 100th anniversary of those nightmares—what historians now call the Armenian Genocide—the first genocide of modern history and the blueprint of the genocides that followed: the Holocaust, Rwanda, Cambodia, the Sudan. They marched in commemoration but also in protest against the silence, indifference, and ongoing denial that have fueled an entire century of genocide.
Our movie takes place one hundred years after 1915, on the other side of the world. It is about denial: what happens when the past is ignored; what happens when it is confronted. It tells the story of a man who is on a mission to bring the unrecognized ghosts of 1915 back to life.
With the centennial of the Armenian Genocide upon us, we are ready to face the past together.
Garin K. Hovannisian
Simon Abkarian has mesmerized the world as an internationally acclaimed film and stage actor. He has starred in more than 30 films, including YES, CASINO ROYALE, ARARAT, THE CUT, and GETT. Abkarian has won the Moliere Award – the highest honor of the French theatre.
Angela Sarafyan launched into the global spotlight with her role as the vampire Tia in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2. Among many unforgettable roles in film and television, she most recently played opposite Marion Cotillard in THE IMMIGRANT.
Sam Page has delivered extraordinary performances in AMC’s Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning MAD MEN, the worldwide phenomenon DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, and the Netflix original series HOUSE OF CARDS with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
International phenom Nikolai Kinski has performed in a series of acclaimed films (including KLIMT, AEON FLUX, YVES SAINT LAURENT, and the forthcoming remake of POINT BREAK) ever since his first role alongside father Klaus Kinski in Paganini at the age of 11.
Jim Piddock, an actor, writer, and producer, is a transatlantic fixture of the screen and stage. He was most recently the co-creator (with Christopher Guest) and co-star of HBO's FAMILY TREE.
The youngest member of our cast, Sunny is a natural actor and rising star—making appearances in RUINS (2013) and THE UNSPOKEN (2015).
Debra Christofferson is best known for her astonishing role as the bearded lady in HBO’s cult-favorite series CARNIVALE, and has made her mark in several other shows and films, including AMERICAN HORROR STORY.
VAN—The closing night film at the Lake Van International Film Festival, the psychological thriller 1915 received a resounding ovation from the Kurdish and Turkish audience in attendance—and earned the Special Jury Prize at a ceremony in downtown Van on December 11, 2015. Read here
A crowd of more than 100,000 people filled Sunset Boulevard and La Brea Avenue on April 24, marching with flags or protest banners and chanting in memory of those who died in the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Read here
Around three decades before the Holocaust, a similar genocide was carried out by the Ottoman Empire in April 1915. Read here
Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian, co-directors of “1915 The Movie,” below present an open letter to Warner Bros., regarding the film “The Water Diviner.” Read here
Just this week, Turkey recalled its ambassador to the Vatican after Pope Francis remarked on the Ottoman Turks' genocide of Armenians 100 years ago. As the historical debate rages on, artistic representations of the event have lagged. Read here
HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A film about the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide drew large crowds to its Hollywood premiere Monday night. Read here
LOS ANGELES—In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Bloodvine Media, in conjunction with Strongman and mTuckman Media, plans to release “1915” in theaters on April 17 and on demand on April 22. Read here
“2015 marks not only the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, but also the close of an entire century of forgotten genocides,” says "1915" co-director Garin Hovannisian in a statement. Read here
The tour, called “Wake Up the Souls” will kick off in Los Angeles on April 6 and after stops in London, Cologne, Germany, Lyon, France, Brussels, Amsterdam and Moscow the band will land at Yerevan’s Republic Square for a free concert on April 23. Read here
A new film on the Armenian Genocide, "1915" , will be screened on April 24 to mark the 100th anniversary of the great tragedy, the Armenpress news agency reported Thursday. Read more