Armenian Movie "Priestess" To Premier In Los Angeles

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"Priestess,' the latest film shot by one of the leading movie directors of Armenia, Vigen Chaldranian, will be premiered on January 25 in the Chinese Theatre cinema house in Glendale, California, USA. The film will be shown in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

Chaldranian said the main idea behind this film was to present Armenia as the first nation to adopt the Christianity as its state and national religion. The film premier took place in Yerevan last October. Chaldranian said the main source of information for the film was the 'History of Armenia' by a 5-century Armenian historian Agatangeghos.

The film was shot in just five months in a Los Angeles based studio and in Armenia.

"The idea to make this film occurred to me first back in 1993 when an actress Anahit Aghasarian and I began to work on its script, but we could not materialize it largely due to financial problems," he said.

Chaldranian said 600 costumes were made especially for this film, which is the first large-scale Armenian film in the last decades. The film lasts 150 minutes. The original music is composed by Ara Gevorkian.

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