The Brazen

Local title
Jultunud
Original title
Bezkaunīgie
Director
Aik Karapetian
Country
Latvia
Year
2023
Festival
HÕFF 2024
Programme
HÕFF Main Programme, Baltic Film Competition
Genre
drama, horror
Subject
interpersonal relationships, familial relationships, violence, animals, motherhood, mysticism

Helēna and her family – husband Rihards, son Ēriks and daughter Maija – are driving to her entomologist father’s summer cottage, where she hasn’t been since childhood. Rihards (a lecturer and psychotherapist), has promised to help his wife renovate the house so she can hold dance classes there and restart her career as a choreographer. The family is going not only to start a battle against the insects at the house, but a war with each other.

Premiered at last year's PÖFF's Baltic Film Competition, The Brazen won four prizes (including Best Director) at the Latvian Film Awards on 4 February. Aik Karapetian will also be presenting the film at HÕFF.

Director
Aik Karapetian
Screenwriter
Justine Klava, Aik Karapetian
Cast
Marta Grase, Didzis Jonovs, Gregors Laķis, Rūta Liepiņa
Producer
Aik Karapetian, Ilze Kruminliepa, Roberts Vinovskis
DoP
Jurģis Kmins
Editor
Luc Gabin
Composer
Ivars Arutyunyan
Runtime
Language
Merjan
Subtitles
English
Director
Aik Karapetian

Aik Karapetian (1983) was born in Armenia but grew up and went to school in Latvia. He graduated in direction from the Latvian Academy of Culture, subsequently taking a degree from the Académie Internationale des Arts ESEC in Paris. He has worked on a number of short films as a director and screenwriter and presented them at numerous film festivals. In 2011 he directed a production of Rossini’s "The Barber of Seville" for the Latvian National Opera, which took the award for best performance of the season. His feature debut "People Out There" was shown at many festivals and screened at PÖFF. His following films have also found their way into the PÖFF programme. The last time Karapetian presented his film in Estonia was at the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF) in 2022 when his black comedy "Samuel's Travels" was screened.

Filmography:
Cilveki tur (Inimesed kusagil, PÖFF 2012), The Man in the Orange Jacket (Mees oranžis jakis, PÖFF 2014), Pirmdzimtais (Firstborn, 2017), Samuel's Travels (Samueli rännakud, 2021, HÕFF 2022), The Brazen (2023)

Screenings

9th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening100901 / Jultunud
SubtitlesEnglish
Q&A guestsAik Karapetian (Director, Producer, Screenwriter), Justine Klava (Screenwriter), Marta Grase (Cast)
Q&A duration
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Hall Athena Center, Tartu
Screening114102 / Jultunud
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening132103 / Jultunud
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Teatrisaal Haapsalu kultuurikeskus
Screening029102 / Jultunud
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsAik Karapetian (Director)
Q&A duration
Screening duration
Trailer
PÖFF TV - Meet the Filmmakers
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