Artavazd Pelechian

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    Nearly thirty years after the release of his last film, IDFA presents the European premiere of Nature by the great Armenian director Artavazd Pelechian. A tour de force, the 64-minute triumph offers a monumental cinematic experience, returning to Pelechian’s characteristic fascination with human fragility in the face of nature's titanic glory—this time through a swirling composition of found footage natural disasters. On the occasion of his new film, IDFA will also award Pelechian with the Lifetime Achievement Award and screen three treasures from his oeuvre. Read more about the selection here.

    Films in the selection


    • Artavazd Pelechian
    • 2020

      Artavazd Pelechian delivers an urgent work rooted in his own unique film idiom, using found footage sequences of volcanic eruptions, floods, and windstorms to shake us from the illusion that humanity can control nature.

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      Our Century

      • Artavazd Pelechian
      • 1990

        The 20th century, characterized by a relentless race to go ever higher, further, and faster. Our compulsion for technological achievement is condensed into a stunning anthology of humankind’s rises and falls.

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        Seasons of the Year

        • Artavazd Pelechian
        • 1975

          A reclusive community in the Armenian Highlands demonstrates the pure art of survival over the course of the four seasons. A stunningly beautiful, bittersweet symphony of human existence.

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          • Artavazd Pelechian
          • 1969

            The breathing of Armenia is captured in a vibrant piece of cinema. Everything—religion, industry, nature, people—is connected in a cycle of creative and destructive forces.

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