I’m going to change my name

Armenia – Russia - Denmark, 2013г., 103 min


Maria Saakyan

Evridika lives together with her mother Sona in small Armenian town Alaverdi. Sona is conductor of a world famous choir consisting of 15 men so most of the time she is on tour away from home. Evridika feels neglected and lonely accompanied only by her devices – phone and notebook. She is examining world around through the lens of her video camera and lives in her own virtual world created on her web page at suicidal community. She detests her own name and her greatest wish is to change it. Evridika is desperately looking for answers to the questions posed by her blossoming sexuality. What are Love and Lust? What are Life and Death? Who is her father? Her mother had never answered all these questions. Each day Evridika drowns deeper inside herself and sees no reasons to live until once she meets Pyotr…

2013: Hayak National Cinema Awards (Armenia) - Best Film, Best Cinematography
2013: Yerevan International Film Festival “Golden Apricot”
2013: Best Director – Maria Saakyan and Best Cinematographer – Mkrtich Malkhasyan at Kinoshok Film Festival
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Maria Saakyan

MARIA SAAKYAN was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1980, and at 1992, she and her family moved to Russia. In 2003 graduated from VGIK (All-Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov, Vladimir Kobrin’s workshop) with a degree project “Proshanie”/”The Farewell”, which was premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival in Europe and Telluride IFF in USA. Her first feature film was “Mayak”/ “The Lighthouse”, it was selected for competition in Rotterdam, London, San Paulo, Pesaro, Split and other international festivals. In 2009 together with Victoria Lupik Maria started independent Yerevan-based film company “ANNIKO Films” and launched “I’m going to change my name” as a first project of the new studio. In 2012 the movie was finished. In 2011-2012 Maria was working on feature-film “Entropy” with participation of most scandalous Russian media-persons. Currently she is living in Yerevan.

Selected filmography

2013 I’m going to change my name (Ayd yes chem) 2012 Entropy 2007 The Lighthouse