THE LARK FARM
(Hristo Shopov as Captain Isman)
ORIGINAL TITLE: La Masseria delle Allodole.
DIRECTED BY: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.
MAIN CAST: Paz Vega, Alessandro Preziosi, Hristo Shopov, Moritz Bleibtreu, Angela Molina, Mohammad Bakri, Tcheky Karyo, Mariano Rigillo, Andrè Dussolier, Christo Jivkov and Stefan Danailov.
PRODUCED BY: Grazia Volpi and Stefano Dammicco (Ager 3, RAI Cinema, Sagrera TV, Nimar Studios and Flach Film).
WRITTEN BY: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, inspired by the novel La casa de las alondras by Antonia Arslan.
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Giuliano Taviani.
RUNTIME: 116 minutes.
COUNTRY: Italy - Spain - Bulgaria - France.
The film is based on real events of the early Twentieth Century.
It’s 1915 in Armenia and the whole family is waiting for the visit of Assadour Avakian, the brother that left his native village aged 13 in order to find a job in Italy. Now, after making a fortune in Venice, the man returns to the town where he was born so that everyone can meet his wife and two children.
His brother Aran has prepared the Lark Farm to welcome them and he’s even ordered a grand piano from Vienna. In the house everybody is working hard cooking the best Armenian dishes, but all of this is useless; Assadour will never make his way back home, because as he is about to start his journey, the First World War is declared and Italy closes its borders.
As these events develop, the nationalist spirit of the Turks is reinforced, committed to creating a great nation where there is no respect for the minorities, especially the Armenians.
From Istanbul the capitan Isman (Hristo Shopov) leads the nationalist movement of the Young Turks, which was organized secretly in order to carry out the Great Turkey myth.
Isman is sent to the Avakian´s town to put the plan of eliminating the Armenian community into action by destroying their property and killing them.
This is how the great Armenian exodus starts, an odyssey marked by hunger, thirst and the desperate will of the women of these families' to save their own lives and dignity.
* NOTE: Also known as El destino de Nunik (Spain).