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Abkarian, Simon

Overview
Works: 25 works in 197 publications in 8 languages and 8,787 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Spy films  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Action and adventure films  History  Animated films  Historical films  Biographical films  Autobiographical films 
Roles: Actor, Performer, Narrator, Other
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Publications about Simon Abkarian
Publications by Simon Abkarian
Most widely held works by Simon Abkarian
Casino Royale by Martin Campbell( visu )
25 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,796 libraries worldwide
With two professional assassinations in quick succession, James Bond is quickly elevated to '00' status. Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Uganda where he is to spy on a terrorist, Mollaka. Not everything goes to plan and Bond decides to investigate, independently of MI6, in order to track down the rest of the terrorist cell. Following a lead to the Bahamas, he encounters Dimitrios and his girlfriend, Solange. He learns that Dimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre, banker to the world's terrorist organizations. Intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy his organization. 'M' places Bond under the watchful eye of the beguiling Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together and even torture at the hands of Le Chiffre. The marathon game proceeds with dirty tricks and violence, raising the stakes beyond blood money and reaching a terrifying climax
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi( visu )
27 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,265 libraries worldwide
In 1970s Iran, Marjane "Marji" Satrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family. Their long dream is realized when the hated Shah is defeated in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, Marji grows up to witness first hand how the new Iran has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study. This change proves an equally difficult trial for Marji as she finds herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and her homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs
Gett : le proces de Viviane Amsalem = Geṭ : ha-mishpaṭ shel Ṿiṿiʼan Amsalem ( visu )
1 edition published in 2015 in French and held by 517 libraries worldwide
"In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request"--Director's Fortnight
The truth about Charlie by Jonathan Demme( visu )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 495 libraries worldwide
Regina returns home to find her husband, Charlie, murdered and three violent strangers claiming Charlie cheated them out of millions. When she accepts help from a mysterious stranger, she is plunged into a world where a double-cross turns into a triple-cross and trust turns into the deadliest weapon of all
Yes by Sally Potter( visu )
20 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and German and held by 449 libraries worldwide
Feeling trapped in her marriage to a politician, an American scientist begins an affair with a Lebanese surgeon living in exile in London. As the affair goes on the couple finds it difficult to put aside their very different beliefs
L'armée du crime = Army of crime by Robert Guédiguian( visu )
23 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in French and English and held by 418 libraries worldwide
In Paris, 1941, Armenian poet Missak Manouchian leads a motley crew of foreign-born resistance fighters in clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. An initially reluctant Manouchian and his team must resort to guerilla tactics and radical measures in the name of liberty. News of their daring attacks, including the assassination of an SS general, eventually reaches Berlin
Un monde presque paisible = Almost peaceful by Michel Deville( visu )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in French and English and held by 393 libraries worldwide
Set during the largely unexplored period immediately following World War II, the film follows a group of mostly Jewish Parisians who attempt to restart their lives and rekindle their capacity for happiness in the shadow of unspeakable horrors
Zarafa ( visu )
2 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in French and held by 326 libraries worldwide
Under the cover of darkness a small boy, Maki, loosens the shackles that bind him and escapes into the desert night. Pursued by slavers across the moon-lit savanna, Maki meets Zarafa, a baby giraffe, and an orphan, just like him, as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. Hassan takes them to Alexandria for an audience with the Pasha of Egypt, who orders him to deliver the exotic animal as a gift to King Charles of France
Le chant des mariées = The wedding song by Karin Albou( visu )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in French and German and held by 316 libraries worldwide
Two 16-year-old girls have an intense friendship while living in Nazi-occupied Tunis in 1942. Nour is a Muslim who eagerly anticipates her wedding to a handsome cousin. Myriam is a French Jew who is furiously resisting her betrothal to a much older doctor. However, his money is needed by her family to pay fines imposed by the Nazis
The cut by Fatih Akin( visu )
11 editions published in 2015 in 5 languages and held by 303 libraries worldwide
It follows the journey of one father's search through the Ottoman Empire for his two daughters after they are separated during the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Forced from his home in Mardin, Nazareth gets word that his daughters may still be alive and he travels the globe in search for them. Over the years, his odyssey takes him from the Mesopotamian deserts to Havana and finally to the barren prairies of North Dakota
Ṿe-laḳaḥta lekha ishah = To take a wife ( visu )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in Hebrew and held by 195 libraries worldwide
A young woman trying to raise three children, work from home, and observe the strict Moroccan traditions of her family finds herself at constant odds with her husband and her brothers, who want her to stay married and leave behind the notions of being loved and free
Gett : the trial of Viviane Amsalem by Ronit Elkabetz( visu )
10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in Hebrew and French and held by 131 libraries worldwide
"In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request"--Director's Fortnight
Le voyage en Arménie = Journey to Armenia by Robert Guédiguian( visu )
11 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in French and Armenian and held by 41 libraries worldwide
Gravely ill, Barsam decides that he wants to return to Armenia, the country of his ancestors. He leaves enough clues behind him so that his daughter Anna can follow him as he intended
Zarafa ( visu )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Under the cover of darkness a small boy, Maki, loosens the shackles that bind him and escapes into the desert night. Pursued by slavers across the moon-lit savannah, Maki meets Zarafa, a baby giraffe, and an orphan, just like him, as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. Hassan takes them to Alexandria for an audience with the Pasha of Egypt, who orders him to deliver the exotic animal as a gift to King Charles of France
Zarafa by Rémi Bezançon( visu )
9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in French and held by 25 libraries worldwide
A grandfather tells his granchildren a story about the friendship between Maki, a young boy who escaped from slavery in Africa, and Zarafa, a baby giraffe whose mother was killed trying to protect Maki. When Zarafa is captured and given to the King of France as a gift, Maki takes a great adventure, which includes crossing a desert, meeting pirates, and traveling to Paris, to save Zarafa
Tête de turc by Pascal Elbé( visu )
6 editions published in 2010 in French and English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Several lives are changed after a teenager from a rough suburb throws a Molotov cocktail on a car, sending the doctor who was in it in a coma
Gamblers = Les mauvais joueurs by Frederic Balekdjian( visu )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in French and held by 18 libraries worldwide
In this crackling melodrama set in the garment district of Paris, Vahe is a disaffected small time hustler trying to find his way. The cons he runs with his buddies Toros and Sahak now earn him more guilt than cash. When his lover, Lu Ann, walks out on him, it seems that everything has gone sour at once. However, things begin to change after Vahe befriends Yuen, Lu Ann's headstrong illegal immigrant brother. When Yuen refuses to pay extra tribute to the gang that smuggled him into the country, Vahe tries to mediate. He knows the smugglers and thinks he can work things out. But as Yuen becomes more defiant and the reaction of the smugglers more violent, Vahe is forced to choose between his new friend and the old ones he grew up with
Rendition by Reese Witherspoon( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
The policy of "extraordinary rendition" began under the Clinton administration and accelerated after September 11, 2001. The policy allows for the handing over of suspected terrorists to countries that use torture as an interrogation tool. Anwar El-Ibrahimi is an Egyptian-born man who disappears on a flight from Africa to Washington, DC. He is sent to a North African country where torture is practiced and the CIA gives approval. Anwar's pregnant American-born wife wants to know what happened to her husband. A reluctant CIA agent begins to question his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation. A severe interrogator plies his trade on Anwar while a U.S. terrorism honcho is willing to turn a blind eye to the unpleasantness, especially if it stops a terrorist attack
Geṭ : ha-mishpaṭ shel Ṿiṿiʼan Amsalem = Gett ( visu )
1 edition published in 2014 in Hebrew and held by 10 libraries worldwide
"In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request"--Director's Fortnight
1915 the movie ( visu )
2 editions published in 2015 in Armenian and English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Exactly 100 years after the Armenian genocide,Simon Abkarian, a director, is staging a play at the Los Angeles Theatre to honor the victims of that crime, forgotten and denied for an entire century. The play stars his enigmatic wife Angela Sarahyan as an Armenian woman in 1915 who must make a tragic and controversial decision that will change the course of history. This is not an ordinary performance. As protesters surround the theater before showtime, and a series of strange accidents spreads among the play's cast and producers it appears that Simon;s mission is far more dangerous than we think-and the ghosts of 1915 are everywhere
 
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Languages
French (96)
English (58)
Hebrew (11)
German (10)
Armenian (5)
Spanish (3)
Turkish (1)
Italian (1)
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