The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse


Maria Saakyan’s elegiac, semi-autobiographical, humanist drama The Lighthouse unfolds against the backdrop of the Caucasus wars that plagued Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan during the early 1990s. Told with a dream-like emphasis on vision and sound this is the story of a young woman, Lena (Anna Kapaleva), who returns to her home in a remote, war-ravaged Armenian village to try and persuade her grandparents to leave with her for safety in Moscow. With a striking emphasis on the cinematic image and set to an hypnotic soundtrack by Finnish composer Kimmo Pohjonen, Lena’s return to her homeland combines documentary with the great visual tradition of the cinema of Tarkovsky and Paradjanov to become a poetic journey of discovery.

Special Features

- Maria Saakyan's short film Farewell (Proshchanie).
- Booklet featuring a new interview with the director and new essays by author/poet Sophie Mayer and film historian Vigen Galstyan.

Technical Specs

Director: Mariya Saakyan
Year: 2006
Country: Russia | Armenia
Language: Russian
Duration: 80 min
Colour: Colour
Certificate: 12
Alternate Title: Mayak