feature fiction film. In production.
A decent man and a respected doctor Erkan lives a normal life with his wife and a son Yussuf in a Turkish village: he gets along with the villagers and takes a good care of his family, household and his patients. Until one morning after a thunderstorm the man finds an eight year old boy Arut sitting in the apricot tree in his garden. Erkan tries to find out where the child has come from and who he is, but gets no answer. For the surprise of the man – Arut claims that his home is exactly at the place where Erkan’s house stands. Not paying attention to childish talks, the man allows Arut to stay at his home and treats him like his kid until he discovers where the child belongs to and who are his parents. Erkan walks around the village to find out that none misses a child. Furthermore, when Erkan
asks Arut about his family, the boy claims that his parents are dead.
Gradually Erkan and his family start to notice that Arut is different from them – he has a different culture and religion, he prays in Christian way and mentions old Armenian words and names. Furthermore, it seems that Arut knows the entire place well and treats Erkan’s house like his home.
When the family has a dinner Arut sudden
ly notices a picture of an old man, a great grandfather of Erkan in a military uniform, which hangs on the wall. Arut gets scared and hides under the table, telling that the man in the picture killed his parents. Erkan tries to comfort the boy claiming that it is just the uniform that scared him.
Arut and Erkan’s son Yussuf get along very well: Arut even shows Yussuf a hidden treasure with apricot whistles that his brother made and tells how his parents and brother were killed by solders. When Yussuf goes to school he starts asking inappropriate questions about Armenians and their history. The teacher complains to Erkan that his son says things that he shouldn’t mention.
Erkan’s confusion and suspicions grow even stronger, when Arut takes his wife’s bracelet, finds an Armenian prayer hidden there and starts praying. The man is shocked – he understands that the bracelet didn’t belong to his family as he thought. Wanting to find out the truth about Armenians of the village, the history of his house and what has happened there Erkan goes to the oldest man of the village to find out the past. The old villagers don’t talk about it – they tell Erkan that he should leave it to the past.
Gradually Erkan’s relationship with the villagers gets colder and he starts doubting everyone around him – even his own ancestors. However, when the oldest man of the village celebrates his 100th anniversary, Erkan with the boys goes to congratulate him. There are lots of respected people and officers from the army. Arut gets scared of the soldiers, runs away, and disappears. While looking for the boy Erkan finds him hiding in his barn – in the basement, which he didn’t know existed at all. When Erkan goes down to take Arut he discovers the ruins of Armenian bakery in his barn. The boy tells that he has been hiding there when his family was killed many years ago. When Erkan starts revealing Armenian ruins in his barn, other villagers notice it. A moment later the army officers come and silently destroy what was left of an old Armenian bakery.
The army destroys the ruins but Arut doesn’t go away and stays there. Erkan is surprised that no one reacts to the boy – seems like no one really sees him. When officers destroy the ruins – they politely but strictly advice the man to forget the past and live like other villagers do.
Erkan notices Arut running away. The man and his son run after him. They both follow him to an abandoned Armenian church, but they can’t find a little boy there. Instead they meet an old man – hundred years of age, who looks like Arut. The old man tells Erkan that he has been waiting for his family in the church since he was a child, but they never arrived to take him. Arut dies. Erkan takes his body to his hands, carries him away and goes towards us.
Marat Sargsyan is filmmaker from Armenia, based in Lithuania. He was born in 1978 and started his career as a TV show director in National Lithuanian TV. In 2011 graduated with Master Degree of TV directing in Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. At the moment Marat is working with his first feature fiction film and also as an educator in various programs related with creative learning in Lithuania.
Lernavan (fiction, 25min, Lithuania, 2009)
The Father (documentary, 60min, Lithuania, 2012)