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Don Askarian

On the Old Roman Road

Edition 2001
76' - 2001 - Mystery, Drama, Thriller - Dialogue: Armenian, English
Director: Don Askarian With: Don Askarian, Ohan Askaryan, Pavel Khachatrian, Piet Van Dijck, Sylvia Gelton
Levon is a writer of Armenian extraction who lives in Rotterdam. He thinks back on his life in his homeland. About his brother-in-law Manuk who robbed dead Turks, about a brilliant Kurdish musician, a butcher with a red beard, a 17-year-old girl with chestnut-coloured skin, a concubine and a Turkish Apollo with eight wives who likes burying himself in hot ash. His memory is also populated by beautiful thoroughbred horses, stray dogs, camel drivers, soldiers and Turkish policemen. The images of the film are contained in poetic, almost surrealist scenes of magic love and political cruelty. This is contrasted with reality in Rotterdam: a modern crime story with Armenian terrorists and a Kurdish tragedy. (Catalogue 30th Film Festival Rotterdam, 2001)

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Don Askarian


Don Askarian, Ohan Askaryan, Pavel Khachatrian, Piet Van Dijck, Sylvia Gelton


Don Askarian

Director of Photography

Rudolf Vatinyan


Don Askarian


Don Askarian

More information


Armenian, English

Countries of production

Germany, Armenia



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