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AMERIKATSI Trailer: Michael Goorjian Directs & Stars In A Post-WWII Tale of Hope & Survival

Emmy-winning actor Michael Goorjian (SLC Punk!) goes deep into his Armenian roots in his award-winning film, Amerikatsi. From his own script, Goorjian stars as an Armenian-American man in 1948 who returns to the country of his birth to connect with his heritage, only to find it under Soviet rule. After an absurd “crime” lands him an unjust 10-year prison sentence, his despair soon leads to hope in unexpected places. It also stars Hovik Keuchkerian, Nelli Uvarova, Mikhail Trukin, and Narine Grigoryan. The film was shot on location in Armenia and has drawn comparisons to the humor of Charlie Chaplin and Roberto Benigni. Variance Films, which released the worldwide sensation RRR, has just released a trailer ahead of its release in theaters next month.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In 1948, decades after fleeing Armenia to the US as a child, Charlie returns in the hopes of finding a connection to his roots, but what he finds instead is a country crushed under Soviet rule. After being unjustly imprisoned, Charlie falls into despair, until he discovers that he can see into a nearby apartment from his cell window – the home of a prison guard. As his life unexpectedly becomes entwined with the man’s, he begins to see that the true spirit of his homeland is alive in its passionate people. Filled with warmth and humor, Amerikatsi celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the bonds that unite us all.

Amerikatsi opens in theaters September 8. See the trailer and poster below.

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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