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Alexander Gutman


Frescoes was shot in the Armenian city of Giumri, which was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1988. Soon after that tragedy Armenia gained independence. Happiness and misfortune always go hand in hand. The earthquake destroyed one city, but built another - the city of the dead, a cemetery.

The central figures of the film are the boy Varuzh, a priest, a grave-digger and two cemetery stone-masons. They spend their days at the cemetery and return at night to city life that quite resembles that other existence at the cemetery.

This film is about life on the boundary between the city of the living and the city of the dead, on the boundary between childhood and adult life. The young boy with his optimism and lust for life will save his city, and perhaps his country.

Scenes from Frescoes, the 1998 documentary film, by Alexander Gutman. 96 minutes. The music and soundtrack of the film are available on CD. Composer Djivan Gasparian. Contact