AMERIKATSI, Armenian submission for Oscars about Soviet harsh reality

By Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska


”AMERIKATSI” (meaning “American” in Armenian) has been selected by Armenia as its submission for the Best International Feature Film category for the 2024 Academy Awards.

The film tells a story of Charlie who escapes the Armenian genocide as a boy by fleeing to the United States. He returns in 1947 and faces the brutal reality of Soviet Communism, he gets arrested by the Soviets.  To ensure that he doesn’t influence other prisoners with his “cosmopolitan” ways, communists place him in solitary confinement. He watches an Armenian couple from his prison cell, finally discovering and learning about his homeland, the Armenian culture he never knew.

AMERIKATSI is an art film written and directed by Michael Goorjian. It is a trilingual film (with English, Russian and Armenian dialogue) shot in Armenia. The cast are: Michael Goorjian, Nelli Uvarova, Jean-Pierre Nshanian, Hovik Keuchkerian, Mikhail Trukhin, Narine Grigoryan and Lernik Harutyunyan. AMERIKATSI is currently in theaters in Los Angeles and New York. The film has already won two awards: BIFFY Award in the Best Narrative Feature category in Beloit International Film Festival and in the Mystic Film Festival in the Narrative Feature category.

AMERIKATSI is Armenian 13th submission for Oscars. Armenia has never been nominated in the Best International Feature Film category. Nominations will be announced on January 23, 2024 and The Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 10 2024 at the Dolby Theatre.

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