Original title:5 yerazoghnery yev dzin
Direction:Vahagn Khachatryan e Aren Malakyan
Cinematography:Vahagn Khachatryan, Aren Malakyan, Andranik Sahakyan
Editing:Federico Delpero Bejar
Co-productor: Eva Blondiau
Different faces of Armenia are portrayed through four characters who try to fulfill their dreams. Their stories unravel as protests against the power in place are happening all over the country. Each dreamer stands for each generation of Armenia’s modern history: Soviet, post-Soviet, and the Velvet Revolution. Karen, a young shepherd, wants to transcend his rural life and meet his perfect match; Melania, a lift operator working in a hospital that wishes to free herself and fly to Mars; and Sona and Amasia, young queer musicians that embody the possibility of change.
The four characters introduced by the filmmakers in their first feature-length film embody the contrasting faces of Armenia today. What unites them all is the dream of a self-determined life, with their stories unraveling as protests are happening all over the country.
Aren and Vahagn were born at the time of the collapse of the USSR and the first war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in 1991. In 2018, a few months before the revolution, they founded the production company Oolik. Five Dreamers And A Horse is their first film as producers and directors. The idea of making this film was born in a small bar in Yerevan, where a friend of Vahagn wanted to know if he was currently dreaming of anything in particular. This conversation stayed in his mind as he began to search for people with dreams as untouchable as childhood’s ones. During the research, they realized that dreams were not common to all generations, especially when they met Sona and Amasia. When the revolution happened, they understood that they were situated between two generations, united by the desire for change. The Revolution was also the filmmakers’ dream, and they felt the need to go on a journey with the protagonists to understand their dreams while also figuring out their own, and how they were relating to the Revolution itself.