Sound, imagery and symbolism in the films of Harutyun Khachatryan
Master-class by the filmmaker on 35 years of filmmaking
Armenian director Harutyun Khachatryan dwells on themes that have preoccupied him over the decades, the medium he has chosen to express himself in and the formal elements of his narratives. Starting with a broad overview of Armenian documentary films, Khachatryan talks about how he came to make films, why certain topics fascinate him and whom his films are for. He goes on to talk about the responsibilities of a documentarist and the language of his cinema. Many of his films use sounds, music and symbols, rather than words, and Khachatryan talks about how he maintains the “atmosphere of time”. He thinks of his films as confessions rather than descriptions.