June 8, 2007 - 16:36 AMT
The Lark Farm to open 4th Golden Apricot film festival
Lark Farm shot by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani will open the 4th Golden Apricot film festival to be held in Yerevan July 9-14, festival founder Harutyun Khachatryan told a news conference in Yerevan. Taviani brothers, scriptwriter Antonia Arslan and some actors will attend the premiere, he said, Novosti Armenia reports.

The Lark Farm is a joint work of Italy, Spain, UK, France and Belgium with a 9.7 million-euro budget.

The film examines the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by Turkish forces in 1915. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani have sought to recreate the events of the period by concentrating on the fate of one Armenian family.

The film's screenplay is based on a novel by Antonia Arslan—a literature professor now living in Italy—and deals with the history of Arslan's family, a respectable middle-class Armenian family living in a provincial Turkish city.

Golden Apricot, which is rated as the most prestigious in the region, will kick off in Charles Aznavour Square, at the Moscow cinema.