The film mainly deals with the homeland, the national cultural traditions and cusoms, the family values, ancestors and the fate of Armenian people. The film aimed at the general public and deals with questions and thoughts in a universal context.
The film project ''Retreat without song'' is not a classic, faithful adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. Shahnour, but some of texts and thouhts of the main character come from the book. It mainly deals with the homeland, the national cultural traditions and cusoms, the family values, ancestors and the fate of Armenian people. The film aimed at the general public and deals with questions and thoughts in a universal context. The basic idea of migration itself is particularly important here. In this case, in the role of the author, I indirectly and subtly tell my own story, based on the more philosophical passages of the novel. It is primarily about why I am now in Germany and what memories and what type of communication I have with my ancestors and with my family.
Arturo Sayan (Armenia)
Was born in Armenia in 1984. After graduating from high school, he studied at the Yerevan State Academy of Theater and Film Art in the department of theater directing and successfully completed it. He then worked as a director and actor in the Yerevan Musical Chamber Theater. In 2003 Sayan founded the production "New Art" in Armenia. He made short verse films there. In 2010 he graduated from the laboratory for young directors as part of the Moscow International Chekhov Competition. He is the author of the book "Ravings of the jester".
Sayan moved to Germany in 2013 and has been an artist ever since.
In 2015 he made the film "Following the wind". In 2018, he completed his bachelor's degree, and in 2020 - his master's degree (Master of Fine Arts) in the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, Germany. He realized during his studies various film projects and videoinstallations, such as "Refugee home" or the film Trilogy "Saga", "#Maestro95", dedicated to filmmaker Sergei Paradjanov etc.
His current essayistic documentary film is called "Retreat without song".
During his studies, Sayan received a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.