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Golden Apricot Festival Aims To Put Armenia Back On The Map

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Armenian's eighth annual Golden Apricot international film festival opened this week and is proving a bigger draw than ever.

Named in honor of Armenia's unofficial national fruit, the festival is the brainchild of noted filmmaker Harutiun Khachatryan, who has nurtured it from its first edition in 2004 to the present day. Now it is a highlight of the country's cultural calendar and one of the few events capable of drawing international artistic attention to Yerevan.

Dutch film critic Peter van Bueren is attending the festival, which he said featured a surprisingly large amount of high-quality work for such a relatively low-budget event.

"The quality of the international competition is very high," Van Bueren said. "If you compare the quality of this competition's films with, let's say, the quality of films at competitions in Eastern Europe or international film festivals elsewhere, you can say with confidence that this film festival is much, much better. There are no bad films here."

He added that some of the nearly 150 films from 45 countries being presented this year had already won prizes at other festivals.

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Golden Apricot Festival Aims To Put Armenia Back On The Map

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