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Time Time100 mins
LanguageArmenian, French, English
Warning Strong language
Should the Wind Drop
Երբ որ քամին հանդարտվի

French auditor Alain (Claire Denis regular Grégoire Colin), arrives in Stepanakert, capital of the self-declared Republic of Artsakh in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, to assess the feasibility of the local airport and decide whether to finally allow this unrecognised state to open its doors to the world. What starts as a work trip soon devolves into something thornier, and stranger, as Alain is exposed to the realities of life in this liminal territory. Nora Martirosyan’s controlled, enigmatic first feature captures the hope and frustration of a state and a people trying to assert their existence to an indifferent world.

Screening as part of our season Spaces and Places: Exploring Identities in Armenian Film

Directed by Nora Martirosyan |
2020 |
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Jan de Walden
Jan de Walden
Emotional journey
A rather haunting, thought-provoking insight into the life and struggles of a people desperate to make something of their lives in a country unrecognised by anyone.. The helplessness and the hopelessness is epitomised by the child with his water business (an allegory of the country's need for water), the loner with his sheep, going about his life with indifference but passion, the undying pride of the people (the most important thing of the new birth of a boy was that he would make another soldier). The innate belief of the locals that the airport will "rise up" and open to flights as their saviour, is cleverly offset by the auditor's inherent knowing that (as things currently stand) the airport has no chance at all. The ending takes you full circle: back to square one, to frustration and the need once more to gather up strength and faith to continue the struggle...there is no end in sight...
Awards and Festivals
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Official selection
Cannes Film Festival
Award Laurel
Best First Film
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
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