“Cilicia: The Land of Lions”
Armenian mood reel trilogy premieres in Beirut
It is in Cinema Empire Sofil Ashrafieh-Beirut that the producers of “Cilicia: The Land of Lions” decided to host the world private premier screening of this trilogy to be, with eminent figures and socialites from the Armenian community, as well as the elite of the media scene in Lebanon. The screening of the mood reel showcases one of the greatest chapters of the Armenian history in Asia Minor, the Kingdom of Cilicia, during its three-century-old existence (1080-1375), when Armenians resisted enemies, fought for liberation, created a princedom and established a powerful Kingdom. The mood reel is comprised of three parts.
« Cilicia : The Land of Lions » is a trilogy about the three-century history of Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia starting from the proclamation of the kingdom, the prosperity and development, till the fall. Each part respectively covers the most important and decisive events of 100 years, as well as remarkable characters. The film features important wars, dynasty and throne transfers, palace conspiracies and weddings that are traced in the history.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This production has a special significance in Armenian culture as three centuries of history were more than sufficient to leave a lasting mark in the pages of history and the hearts of all Armenians. This project is all about telling the history of the glorious and powerful Kingdom of Cilicia. Due to its historical nature, it is the pioneer in the field of Armenian mood reel production.
This Project was initiated by the Khatchadourian Family of Lebanon and KOHAR to contribute in the preservation and dissemination of the glorious history of the noble Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia.
AN OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION
The mood reel trilogy was produced in accordance with the modern standards of a history genre film production with the use of advanced technologies by Domino Production, a production company based in Armenia. This type of production has not been presented to the Armenian market before.
The first mood reel from the trilogy is an introduction to the first period of the three-century-old history of Cilicia, starting from the foundation of a princedom in the 11th century to the rule of one of the greatest Armenian royals, King Levon the Roupenid. The main characters of the first mood reel are Prince Thoros II and Prince Levon II “Lord of the mountains”, who, after taking part in the Crusades, proclaimed Cilicia as a Kingdom and was subsequently crowned as King Levon I.
The second mood reel not only refers to historical facts but also gives an insight into the relationship among the noble family and the conflicts between them. These mainly revolve around the only heiress to the Cilician throne, Zabel. With her marriage to Hetoum I, the son of the guardian of the throne, the Roupenid dynasty changed to Hetoumid, named after the new king.
The last mood reel presents the time when Cilicia, as a well-established kingdom, had numerous cultural and diplomatic relations with Europe. But later, the constant hostile invasions started to gradually weaken the immense power of the Cilician kingdom. The last of several fierce battles against the superior Mamluk forces was fatal; the kingdom fell after three centuries of remarkable history. The last scene of the mood reel trilogy is the funeral of King Levon V, the last king of Cilicia, whose gravestone stands in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, France.
PRESERVING ARMENIAN HISTORY
“Cilicia: The Land of Lions” mood reel trilogy is the first cinematographic production about the Kingdom of Cilicia which the creators aim to bring to the international film market. And for that, they count on the support of their diaspora around the world. “The project aims to keep the memory of the Kingdom of Cilicia alive and vivid in the minds of current and future generations, as Cilicia is the historical motherland for almost all of us” declared Harout Khatchadourian.
With this outstandingly produced mood reel, the aim was to create a high-quality cinematographic piece up to the standards of the contemporary world of film production and make Armenia recognizable as a country with a great potential in the film industry. All the scenes were shot in Armenia, with Armenian actors, with amazing visual effects and computer graphics that make the piece all the more powerful. Characters and all historical events are based on historical archives and were recreated in consultation with a history expert.