Directed by the acclaimed Alexander Kott, Spitak tells a powerfully dramatic story of the true to life harrowing natural disaster of the Spitak earthquake that shook the country of Armenia on December 7, 1988. Kott himself described Spitak as "a requiem film," through which he has attempted to convey "the panic, despair, courage and heroism" of survivors and global rescue workers who tirelessly sifted through rubble and destruction for weeks looking for additional survivors, loved ones and any semblance of their homes that suffered from the massive earthquake that took the lives of over 25,000 people nearly 30 years ago.
Using piano, strings and atmospheric orchestral elements, Tankian engages the somber tones of the film and its calamitous storyline with emotional grace that at times works to accentuate the sense of loss and desperation, while other times helps to ease the audience through distressing scenes.
Serj Tankian; "Spitak is a powerful film whereby one sees through the eyes of a man searching for his family through the devastated rubble of cities, in the aftermath of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia. It truly makes one feel vulnerable as this can happen to any family. The music is a minimalist requiem mixing with the sounds of the cranes and other machinery prevalent in rescue operation efforts."
Spitak has been officially submitted by the country of Armenia as its official submission to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science for consideration in the foreign language film category for the 91st annual Academy Awards that will be held in Los Angeles on February 24, 2019. The film also has already received international accolades, including earning Alexander Kott a "Best Director" award at the 2018 Moscow International Film Festival.
See below to watch a trailer for the film with English subtitles: