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Studio DS is founded in 2002 by David Safarian, Yana Drouz and Armen Safarian.
Profile: documentaries, shorts, features.

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Hot Country, Cold Winter
104 min

Best Narrative Feature Film Director Award at 19th ARPA International Film Festival,
Los Angeles, 2016
Grand Prix Best Feature Film and Best Actress Award at 5th SR Socially Relevant International Film Festival, 2018, New York, USA

Included in the Collection of The Netherlands Film Museum

”A little piece of land? A whole country? A little group of people or a whole nation? What are they waiting for? Is their queue endless?” Do not expect to get all the answers.

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World Premiere at the 19th Tallinn International Black Nights Film Festival, 2015
Best Screenplay Award and Special Mention of Jury in Armenian Panorama at
13th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival, 2016
Official Out-of-competition Programm of 38th Moscow International Film Festival, 2016
Effulgent Angel Prize at 13th Effulgent Angel International Film Festival, Moscow, 2016
6 Nominations and 2 Awards of National Film Academy of Armenia:
Best Actress and Best Art Director, 2016

Included in the Collection of The Netherlands Film Museum

A tale of a man and a woman suffering the circumstances of a total energy crisis. Their recollections, short narratives, imagination act as aids in understanding of the story, and in understanding that core human values are shared throughout the world.





Growing up do not throw away all your toys. Keep at least one. Keep alive your childhood dream, and you will be able to conquer pain and weakness, to defy the gravity, to fly.

World Premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival, Main Programme – Cinema of Tomorrow - New Tends, 2002
Included in the Collection of The Netherlands Film Museum

In the beginning of the millennium over 300 000 children were fighting wars across the world.

Documentaries (selected):




Artists on the lake creating their art-works in front of our eyes, and… their thoughts, their jokes.

Traces of War
Best Middle-length Film Award – 9th Atlatidoc Documentary Film Festival, Montevideo, 2015
Best Film made by non-ethnologists/anthropologists - 8th Ethnographic Film Festival, Rovijn, Croatia, 2016

Scenes of everyday life in a non-existent country.

Works in progress:

I am 2000 Years Old (feature)
"I was never tired to admire this funny little man. Always persecuted, getting kicks and boxes on the ear endlessly. Charlie, anyway, always conquered. Chaplin is the god of my childish soul. This attitude to him I will keep until the last day of my life. And if I stop to trust in this god, I will stop to trust in art."

Marcel Marceau (November 15, 1973

Seven years before this date I have seen Marcel Marceau on the screen of our black and white TV set for the first time. Since then the word “Marceau” and the word “pantomime” became synonyms for me. The first time in my life I met Marceau the 17th of June, 2005. The same year, 4th of August
I had my first shooting day with him. “Are we friends now?” – asked Marceau in the end of the day. “Can you imagine what it means for me, Monsieur Marceau?” – I asked on my turn. Marceau repeated his question: “Are we friends now?” I answered: “Yes, we are“. “Then you can shoot whatever you want."
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Fairy-tale (feature)
Four cardinal points. Four films about the human beings’ wisdom and stupidity at the same time. Four fairy tales. The northern one is going to be a Norwegian folk tale and to be shot in Norway, the western will be Italian and will be shot in Italy and France, the southern – Indian to be shot in India and the eastern to be a Chinese one to be shot in China. No more information for today.

Flying Man (documentary)
About the man who is painting metal TV masts. He has seen from above tens of cities. “I start from the top. When I paint I’m like soaring above the town, coming more and more down. When I finish my work I walk around in the city and never feel myself a stranger there”. We’ll see our protagonist working, we’ll see him walking around in the city, and we’ll see him… with bird wings soaring above the city.

Werner (documentary/dream)
A story of a man who is building a yacht in his courtyard with a wish later to digg a channel to the river and to sail to the sea.

Visible – Invisible with Marcel Marceau
A documentary based on exclusive material of the conversation with the Master of making the invisible visible, and the visible invisible, with the genius of pantomime Marcel Marceau, shot in 2005. And… much more.

Krzysztof Penderecki (documentary)
Documentary based on footages shot in Yerevan during Penderecki’s Armenian tour.