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Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2007 | Australia
Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2007 | Australia
THE LARK FARM
THE LARK FARM
LE MASSERIA DELLE ALLODOLE
Director: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
Cast: Paz Vega, Arsinee Khanjian, Tcheky Karyo, Moritz Bleibtreu, Mohammed Bakri, Angela Molina, Andre Dussollier
Runtime: 120 mins

Veteran Italian directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (PADRE PADRONE) deliver the first high-profile film after Atom Egoyan's "Ararat" to examine the Armenian genocide perpetrated by Turkish forces in 1915, a pre-cursor to the Jewish Holocaust and a topic that's still considered taboo in Turkey today.

Based on a novel by Antonia Arslan, a literature professor now living in Italy, the film enjoyed a controversial World Premiere at the Berlin Film festival. It deals with the history of a middle-class Armenian family living in provincial Turkey. The kind-hearted Aram (Tcheky Karyo) and his wife, Armineh (Canadian-Armenian actress Arsinee Khanjian), ignore the warning of war from the Young Turk government in Istanbul and instead ready 'The Lark Farm', their country estate, for the arrival of Aram's brother, Assadour (Mariano Rigillo), from Venice. But, the charming family atmosphere is soon shockingly overturned...

Fantastic performances by an international cast playing Armenians, Turks, Greeks, Italians and Syrians including Spanish star Paz Vega whose charisma anchors the story in the role of Nunik Avakian, a spirited beauty in love with a dashing Turkish officer.