This film is centred around the lives of the people living on the borders of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan that has been in dispute since the fall of the Soviet Union. After years of brutal conflict, the Armenian survivors have been plunged into a state of profound grief, which is embodied by the word tsnorq in their language, meaning “to suffer eternal melancholy”. Convinced that death cannot triumph over their lives, they believe that they are doomed to wander in anticipation of the day when they will be finally freed from their suffering. With extraordinary images and a rich, haunting score by Richard Skelton, The Eternals is an uncompromising, elegiac expression of the trauma of war.

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd

Film Director

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd is a Belgian Film Director from Liege (Wallonia, Belgium). He has dedicated most of his work to Africa. After studying Information, Journalism, and Communication, as well as Anthropology and African Civilizations, Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd worked as a teaching assistant on the Université Libre de Bruxelles’ Faculty of Philosophy and Litterature until 2003. From 2004 to 2008, he developed and ran “Cinéma(s) d’Afrique(s)”, an annual documentary film writing and directing residency for young Senegalese filmmakers. From 1998 to 2008, he served as co-director of Filmer à Tout Prix, the French Community of Belgium’s biennial documentary film festival. Since 2008, he has been a professor at the IHECS (Institut des Hautes Etudes de Communication Sociale), in Brussels.
Conceived out of an encounter — and, at times, a confrontation — with reality, his work attempts to weave bonds between men and the world, between singular and universal stories. At once aesthetic, philosophical and political, his films are explorations of the world and its stakes, of existence here and somewhere else.

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