SI LE VENT TOMBE SHOULD THE WIND DROP
With the opening of an airport in their capital city, the population of the non-recognised state of Nagorno-Karabakh hopes to gain international support. Airport inspector Alain, who is supposed to produce the final expert report upon which approval of the facility depends, finds himself in a difficult predicament. Should he insist the regulations of the air traffic authority be met and write a negative report, or should he support the population, with which he clearly sympathises, in their struggle for independence? In a quiet and haunting fashion, SHOULD THE WIND DROP ponders this dilemma, whose current, real-life background has long gone virtually unnoticed. The film positions itself calmly between the territorial claims of Armenia and Azerbaijan, while cultivating an aesthetic that embodies a wish for peace, for freedom and hope. Still, in spite of its gentle tone, the film does not relinquish its role as a space for confrontation, which enables it to serve as a relevant political statement.
Born in Armenia, Martirosyan resides today in Montpellier. After her art academy studies in her homeland, she completed her training at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and at Le Fresnoya. Since 2015, she has been teaching film and video at the Bordeaux Art Academy, while working on new films on the side.
2004 // BLIND DATE
2007 // 1937
2016 // PARIS – EREVAN
2020 // SHOULD THE WIND DROP / SI LE VENT TOMBE
France, Armenia, Belgium 2020
100 min, DCP, colour
French, Armenian, English, Russian
OV with German and English Subs