Directed by Vahagn Khachatryan and Aren Malakyan • 2022 • Armenia
A group portrait that captures the hybrid nature of modern-day Armenia, Vahagn Khachatryan and Aren Malakyan’s dreamlike documentary explores the gaps between fantasy and reality in the lives of four characters. Karen is a farmer from the provincial north on a quest to find the perfect wife. Melania is an ageing lift operator in a Yerevan hospital who dreams of becoming an astronaut. Amasia and Sona are two queer teenage girls hiding from the unforgiving world below in their rooftop “fort”. Blending observational documentary with a range of impressionistic techniques, the directorial duo show their homeland to be a country on the brink of painful but necessary transformation.
5 DREAMERS AND A HORSE • 5 Երազողներ եվ ձին
Directed by Vahagn Khachatryan and Aren Malakyan
Written by Vahagn Khachatryan
Cinematography by Vahagn Khachatryan, Aren Malakyan, Andranik Sahakyan
Music by Avet Terteryan and Rafael Tunyan
In Armenian with English subtitles