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THROUGH THEIR YOUNG, INNOCENT EYES: ‘LOST BIRDS’ – A HISTORICAL FAIRYTALE EXPOSING THE 1915 ARMENIAN TRAGEDY

THROUGH THEIR YOUNG, INNOCENT EYES: ‘LOST BIRDS’ – A HISTORICAL FAIRYTALE EXPOSING THE 1915 ARMENIAN TRAGEDY

LOST BIRDS // TRICOAST ENTERTAINMENT
TriCoast Entertainment announces VOD release of ‘Lost Birds’ – the heartwarming yet emotional narrative exploring the 1915 Armenian tragedy through the point of view of children.

Los Angeles, CA – December 21, 2017 –

We were left all alone.

TriCoast Entertainment is proud to start off the New Year with Kara Kedi Films’ three-time award winning historical drama, “LOST BIRDS”, streaming on VOD platforms to your living rooms this January 1st, 2018. 

The historical fairytale, “LOST BIRDS”, is noted for its significance as the first film made in Turkey to tackle the 1915 Armenian tragedy, as well as its unique storytelling, told through the eyes and perspective of children. 

Lost Birds is the first film to depict the great tragedy of 1915 that was made in Turkey. Brought to the screen by the five years of work, persistence and courage of the filmmakers Aren Perdeci and Ela Alyamac, who share writing and directing credits. Lost Birds handles the task of telling a very dramatic story in a fairy tale narrative and this leads the audience to feel something magical yet so real at the same time,” wrote Aida Takla O’Reilly for the Golden Globes, Foreign Language Films (HFPA). 

Written and directed by Ela Alyamac (“Fairy Dust”) and Aren Perdeci, “LOST BIRDS” is a historical fairytale told through the eyes of brother and sister, Bedo and Maryam, who were left behind during the mass deportations of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire of 1915.  

After Bedo and Maryam go against their mother’s wishes and sneak out to play in their secret cave, they return to find both their home and village empty. Along with Bacik, the wounded bird they’ve been nursing back to health, the children embark on a dangerous, yet poetically visual journey to find their mother.  

During interview with Bill Higgins from The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Ela Alyamac said they’d tried to make a film that “expressed the tragedy of the Armenian exile but tell it through the eyes of innocent children. They don’t know what happened but they know they can’t find their mother. But it’s more a search for a life that’s gone.”’

In reference to ‘why the creation of the film’, co-director and co-writer, Aren Perdeci added, “”so people would know what was lost and tell it in a way that also the Turkish could relate to.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

“LOST BIRDS” was first released and found instant success at the Arpa International Film Festival, acquiring three award wins: Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award (Aren Perdeci, Ela Alyamac), Best Director (Aren Perdeci, Ela Alyamac), and Best Feature Film (Aren Perdeci, Ela Alyamac, Kudsi Alyamac, Kara Kedi Films).

Photo: Ela Alyamac, Sylvia Minassian and Aren Perdeci at ARPA Film Festival, by Don Q. Hannah

“I praise the young filmmakers. The movie was absolutely beautiful, powerful and touching, not to say that it subtly depicted the emotional aspects and how our ancestors were deported or exterminated. Both Perdeci and Alyamac have graduated from film school and have won many accolades for their short and feature length works,” reported Catherine Yesayan, Asbarez.

This bittersweet, intimate drama brings to light the well-known 1915 Armenian tragedy through Ela Alyamac and Aren Perdeci’s research and work from the past five years. With stunning visuals, beautiful music and powerful performances by the young actors, “LOST BIRDS” is a labor of love that will leave the audience will new perspectives on a long-lived international conflict.  

Ela Alyamac and Aren Perdeci hope the film continues its global success, with their hopes “that ‘Lost Birds’ will help people to share and discuss their own stories after they watch the film, and build a bridge between people who once lived on this land in harmony,” said Ela Alyamac in an interview with Simone Zoppellaro Yerevan.

Aren Perdeci added, “This film can not change the fact that this tragedy took place, but it can help us to better understand each other and to look at the future with hope.”

“LOST BIRDS” stars several first-time actors, including the emotional capture of innocence through children eyes by Heros Agopyan as ‘Bedo’ and Dila Uluca as ‘Maryam’. Alongside is Sarkis Acemyan as ‘Grandpa Yetvart’, Arto Arsenyan as ‘Father Mesrop’, and Takuhi Bahar as ‘Kinar’.

“LOST BIRDS” will be available on VOD platforms beginning January 1st, right in time to honor Armenian Christmas on January 6th on platforms: iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Xbox, Sony Playstation, Hoopla, Vudu, DISH/Sling, and InDemand.

Watch the trailer for “LOST BIRDS” here: https://vimeo.com/201209025

For more information, please visit the film’s official site: http://www.lostbirdsfilm.com/

LOST BIRDS (2017, 90 min.) Written and directed by Ela Alyamac and Aren Perdeci. Editor: Ela Alyamac, Aren Perdeci. Cinematographer: Aren Perdeci. Sound department: Eli Haligua, Burak Topalakci, Caglar Yesilay. US. English. Kara Kedi Films, TriCoast Entertainment.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Kara Kedi Films

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