Spotlight: Borderlands festival explores the eastern Mediterranean

Minneapolis Star Tribune , MN
April 29 2004

Movie spotlight: Borderlands festival explores the eastern

The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival might be over,
but world cinema is still going on strong at the University of
Minnesota. This week’s Borderlands Festival showcases work by
directors of Turkish, Armenian and Greek descent. Its theme of
co-existence despite a thorny history is exemplified by its
best-known film, “Ararat,” starring Charles Aznavour and Arsinée
Khanjian (pictured), Atom Egoyan’s meditation on the Turkish
slaughter of Armenians in 1915. (7:45 p.m. Sat.) The mini-fest also
includes a documentary on the massacre and rare period footage. It
opens tonight with the Turkish film “Mrs. Salkim’s Diamonds” and a
lecture by its screenwriter, journalist Etyen Mahçupyan. (7 p.m.
today, Bell Auditorium, 17th & University Avs. SE., Mpls.
612-331-3134. See “Special screenings” below for a full list of