Pernod Ricard Produces Film to Relaunch Ararat Brandy

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Jan 6 2010

Pernod Ricard Produces Film to Relaunch Ararat Brandy

Click to enlarge Pernod Ricard has produced a film called "The Legend
of Akhtamar" as part of a campaign to relaunch what it hopes will
become an Armenian cultural touchstone: Ararat brandy.

The drinks giant tapped Amsterdam Worldwide to produce the long-form
film, which never highlights the product. The movie, instead, focuses
on Ararat’s Eastern cultural heritage, and will be the first in a
series of re-crafted classic Armenian tales produced for the screen by
Amsterdam Worldwide.

Authentic Brand

"Ararat is a household name in the former Soviet Union and a legendary
Armenian brand, but one that needed updating," says Brian Elliott,
founder and chief executive of Amsterdam Worldwide. "Ararat’s parent
company, Pernod Ricard, wanted to associate the brand’s authenticity
with a more sophisticated and contemporary image."

The film is a modern reworking of a traditional Armenian love story: a
young Muscovite travels to meet his girlfriend and during his journey
he encounters a mysterious taxi driver who senses his troubled state
of mind and recounts the dark legend of Akhtamar.

The cast includes Armenian-born actor Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Ravshana
Kurkova, winner of Best Actress at the International Film Festival of
the CIS; and former Bolshoi Theatre pupil, Grigory Dobrygin.

Part of a global campaign targeting Russians, Armenians and Eastern
European expat communities across the World, the film is being
supported by a print, outdoor, blogger and social media campaign. It
launches this week at Ararat Legends’ website.

Age Action Turns to Film

Another example of advertiser-turned-filmmaker is illustrated by the
Irish charity Age Action, which produced a short movie showing
seventy-something Dubliners learning to rap (via the Sunday Business

Called Growing Up Is Optional, the movie was made in part to test what
sort of content might work as a viral video. "We’ve used traditional
media in the past, but this is a first for us," said Eamon Timmons of
Age Action. ”Our primary market would be older people. But it’s
obvious that, if we’re serious about addressing age discrimination, we
need to start talking to younger people."

The movie shows the elderly dancers learning to rap, interspersed with
footage of the core characters talking about their lives.

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