Directed by: Atom Egoyan
Starring: David Alpay, Charles Aznavour, Eric Bogosian, Brent Carver, Christopher Plummer
When Ararat played here six years ago, I wrote in part: “Atom Egoyan’s 2002 film, Ararat, met with very mixed reviews and a less-than-enthusiastic push by its distributors, Miramax. The film didn’t play in Asheville, which was understandable to some degree—not so much because the topic of the film is a volatile one, but because the film is so heavily layered in its construction and in the themes it explores that it can be viewed as needlessly convoluted and too deliberately difficult. In fact, a number of reviewers found it to be so. Frankly, I think Ararat verges on the brilliant and is a much more interesting work than Egoyan’s admirable but over-praised The Sweet Hereafter.” For the full review go here: http://www.mountainx.com/movies/review/ararat.php
Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Ararat at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20, at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332, www.ashevillecourtyard.com
In Brief: Atom Egoyan’s much misunderstood Ararat, which deals with the Turkish government’s 1915 genocide of its Armenian population, is heady stuff. It’s also heavily layered and told in an unusual manner, presenting the story from the perspective of an Armenian filmmaker, and linking past and present so that the characters cross storylines. It is, however, rewarding if you’re willing to accept its structural challenges.