THE FLORIST

By Maria SAAKYAN, Jeff KALOUSDIAN

20 YEARS LATER FILMS - as PROD

Drama - Development 2014

When a young soldier disappears along the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the destinies of four people from vastly different worlds collide, and each must face the illusions upon which they have built their lives.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • ARMENIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, RUSSIAN
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Maria SAAKYAN, Jeff KALOUSDIAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Jeff KALOUSDIAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Jeff Kalousdian
    • Synopsis
    • A fragile ceasefire has held for 15 years. War only sleeps!
      Set in the backdrop global energy security and ethnic conflict in the South Caucasus, THE FLORIST is a contemporary drama about how the destinies of several people from vastly different worlds entwine when a young soldier vanishes during a skirmish along the border.
      VARDAN’s son, a gifted composer with a promising career in Europe, died several years earlier when the car VARDAN was driving hit a landmine near the border. Overwhelmed with guilt, VARDAN has begun to lose his grip on reality. He believes his son is still alive, a prisoner on the other side of the border, one of the thousands of people who disappeared during the conflict. VARDAN is hostile towards anyone that tries to convince him about the truth. He has become a recluse living in a bombed out village near the place the accident occurred. During the day, he drinks himself into a stupor while listening to classical music on an old shortwave radio, his one remaining connection to his son. At night, he meticulously grows carnations in a greenhouse he has constructed from pieces of the destroyed village.
      When VARDAN discovers the missing soldier hiding in the greenhouse to keep warm, he initiates an ill-fated scheme to force him to write letters to his family demanding that they find his son or he will kill the soldier.
      VARDAN’s older son APO, a decorated military officer, suspects that VARDAN has something to do with the disappearance of the soldier, but he struggles between his loyalties to family and country. ANNA, the deputy director of the International Red Cross, investigates the disappearance but she lets her troubled love life and professional responsibilities collide. She recently discovered that she is pregnant and planning a new life Geneva with PAUL, a freewheeling Swiss journalist that travels frequently to the region. Although PAUL is married, ANNA believes their relationship will work out once they are both in Geneva where life is normal. Once a successful international correspondent, PAUL now struggles to keep up with the rapidly changing face of journalism. Under pressure to submit a story that will save his job, PAUL uses confidential information obtained from ANNA to write a controversial story that connects the missing soldier to the construction of a gas pipeline through the region.
      Days pass without news from the soldier’s parents. VARDAN intends to carry out his threat to kill him, but in the darkest hour, he discovers that they share a love for music, specifically a few notes of an obscure piano sonata they hear muffled under static on the shortwave radio. VARDAN finally receives a letter. The music is a small stretch of common ground between them. Is it enough to prevent disaster?
      As search for the soldier tightens in around VARDAN and the political situation comes to a boiling point, VARDAN, APO, ANNA and PAUL are forced to face the illusions upon which they have built their lives.
      A single gunshot in the woods! Nothing will ever be the same for anyone!
    • Partners & financing
    • Armenia Cinema Center
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Feb 01, 2014
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