Serge Avedikian

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Serge Avedikian Wins Best Short Film at Cannes Film Festival By: Weekly Staff
May 24 2010

CANNES, France (A.W.)—French-Armenian filmmaker Serge Avedikian won the Best Short Film prize at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival this week.

The symbolism in Avedikian’s film, “Chiennes D’Historie” (English title, “Barking Island”), cannot be more powerful. The official synopsis reads: Constantinople 1910. The streets are overrun with stray dogs. The newly established government, influenced by a model of western society, uses European experts to choose a method of eradication before deciding, suddenly and alone, to massively deport the dogs to a deserted island away from the city.

To watch the trailer, click here.

The awards, chosen by a jury headed by U.S. director Tim Burton, were presented on May 23.