The Lighthouse Blu-ray
Drama / War

The Lighthouse

This elegiac, semi-autobiographical drama unfolds against the backdrop and legacy of the Caucasus wars of the early 1990s. Told with a dream-like intensity, a young woman returns to her home in a remote, war-ravaged Armenian village to persuade her grandparents to leave with her for safety in Moscow.

Beautifully photographed and composed, and set to a hypnotic soundtrack, this poetic and moving film is in the great visual tradition of Tarkovsky and Paradjanov. An outstanding directorial debut by an immensely talented young filmmaker tragically taken too soon.

“Saakyan's astonishing film captures an emigre's memories of her war-torn Georgian village with aching poetic grace - the imagery lingers like gunsmoke” Empire

“A breathtaking, expressionist chronicle... comparisons with the otherworldly dramas of Andrei Tarkovsky are inevitable […] this is a real lost treasure that's been unearthed with great diligence and passion” David Jenkins, Time Out

“Saakyan's debut is a poetic reverie on memory and homeland, with a hypnotic combination of image and music” Peter Hames, Sight & Sound - Films of the Year 2007

“An incendiary mix of war film, memoir and musical explosion, it was hands-down the debut of the year” S.F. Said, Sight & Sound - Films of the Year 2007

Production Year: 2006
Region Code: Free
UK Rating: 12
Running Time: 78 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English
Audio: 2.0 Stereo LPCM
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Colour: Colour
Director Mariya Saakyan
Cast Anna Kapaleva
Cast Olga Yakovleva
Cast Sos Sargsyan
Cast Sofiko Chiaureli


  • The Lighthouse (Mayak, 2006) presented from a new 2K restoration by the Hamo Bek-Nazarov Project, approved by the film’s cinematographer Maksim Drozdov
  • Maria Saakyan’s acclaimed short film Farewell (Proshchanie, 2003)
  • Surviving Memories: a visual essay by Alessandro Luchetti and Manuela Lazic
  • Trailers
  • Booklet featuring an interview with the director, and essays by writer/curator So Mayer and film historian Vigen Galstyan
  • Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)
  • World premiere on Blu-ray