“Spitak,” Armenia’s submission in the foreign language category for the 2019 Academy Awards will have its Glendale premiere on December 7, Glendale News-Press reports.
The film is about an earthquake that devastated the country in 1988, but it’s not really about a natural disaster, according to the movie’s director, Alexander Kott.
According to him, the “film is a requiem.” “It’s about the memory, about finding yourself and your roots,” he says.
Instead of focusing on hysteria, panic and tears, Kott focuses on the hard physical and emotional work that follows.
At the center is protagonist, Gor (Lernik Harutyunyan), who returns to Spitak, the city that was at the quake’s epicenter, to find his wife and daughter, who he left behind to pursue a new life in Moscow.
What he finds are locals and their relatives struggling to find their loved ones — dead or alive — amid heaps of rubble, debris and bodies.
System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has scored the
December 7, 2018 will mark the 30th anniversary of the destructive earthquake. The earthquake hit 40% of the territory of Armenia, densely populated regions with 1 million people.
The cities of Spitak, Leninakan (now Gyumri), Kirovakan (now Vanadzor) and Stepanavan, as well as hundreds of villages were totally or partially destroyed. Twenty-five thousand people were killed, 500 thousand were left without shelter, 17% of the buildings were destroyed, the work of 170 industrial companies was halted.