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Vercihan Ziflioğlu Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr

The Armenian National Film Academy has refuted claims that acclaimed director Steven Spielberg is involved in efforts to produce a movie on the “Armenian genocide” of 1915. 

Armenia’s “Yergir Media” website today reported that Spielberg was “in talks” on a film about the 1915 events, and that they will be supported by the Armenian National Film Academy.

The film was “set to premiere in 2015,” on the 100th Anniversary of the 1915 events, according to the website.

Speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News today, Vartan Abovian, the deputy director of the Armenian National Film Academy, said he was also baffled by the story. 

“We indeed have plans on a movie on the Armenian Genocide,” Abovian said. “However, this is still in the ‘idea’ phase and nothing has been decided yet. We are trying to find the budget. And we are  definitely not in talks with any director.”

February/14/2012

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