Henrik Malyan

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Henrik Malyan's plaque on Mashtots Avenue, Yerevan

Henrik Sureni Malyan (Armenian: Հենրիկ Մալյան, also transliterated Henrik Malian; September 30, 1925 – March 14, 1988) was an Armenian film director and writer.

He was born in Telavi, Georgia. Malyan's uncle was famous actor David Malyan. He studied chess at an early age, along with Tigran Petrosian. From 1942 to 1945 he worked as a draftsman and designer at a factory in Tbilisi. In 1951 he concluded studies in film direction from the Yerevan Theatre Institute (Ереванский художественно-театральный институт). Between 1951 and 1954, he was a director at various theaters in Armenia. In 1953, he graduated from the Moscow Theatre Institute. From 1954 on he worked with the film studio Armenfilm.[1]

His 1977 film Nahapet (Life Triumphs) is considered to be one of the most important Armenian films to deal with the Armenian Genocide.[2] It was exhibited in the 1978 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

In 1980 he founded the Henrik Malyan Theatre-Studio for stage works.[4]

In 1982 he was named a People's Artist of the USSR.[5]


As director unless noted.


  1. ^ "Henrik Malyan". Armenian Association of Film-Critics and Cinema-Journalists. Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  2. ^ "Fokus Armenian". Deutsches Filmmuseum Frankfurt am Main (in German). Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  3. ^ "All the Films - Festival 1978". Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 2007-11-13. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Henrik Malyan Theatre-Studio". High Fest International Performing Arts Festival. Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  5. ^ "Malyan". Encyclopedic dictionary. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 

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