Premiere Cinema Society members granted admission starting 30 minutes prior to showtime.
Non-Premiere Cinema Society members granted admission starting 20 minutes prior to showtime.
With space permitting, general admission ticket holders granted admission starting 10 minutes prior to showtime until theatre is full or everyone is admitted. Tickets available around 1 week before event date for $20 at sbiffriviera.com and at the door ($15 for guests of members).
Followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director/Actor Michael Goorjian
Courtesy of Variance Films
Armenia’s Oscar Submission
In 1948, decades after fleeing Armenia to the US as a child, Charlie returns in the hope of finding a connection to his roots, but what he finds instead is a country crushed under Soviet rule. After being unjustly imprisoned, Charlie falls into despair, until he discovers that he can see into a nearby apartment from his cell window – the home of a prison guard. As his life unexpectedly becomes entwined with the man’s, he begins to see that the true spirit of his homeland is alive in its passionate people. Filled with warmth and humor, Amerikatsi celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the bonds that unite us all.
Directed by Michael Goorjian
Written by Michael Goorjian
Starring Michael Goorjian, Hovik Keuchkerian, Nelli Uvarova, Mikhail Trukhin, Narine Girgoryan, Jean-Pierre Nshanian