Filmography

BODY AND SOUL
Super-8 | 12.00 min. | 1989
“I videotaped myself in various costumes, holding fruits, or standing in water with plastic over me...It was all shot on video, then re-photographed off TV using a super-8 camera. It was an incredible experience, seeing what you could do with film” (Gariné Torossian, from Inside the Pleasure Dome: Fringe Film in Canada, Mike Hoolboom, Couch House Press: Toronto, 2001).

VISIONS
16mm | 03.50 min. | 1992
Visions is a multi-frame exploration of the body in motion and the image in movement. Intense and imaginative, the film is charged with passion and eroticism.

GIRL FROM MOUSH
16mm | 06.00 min. | 1993
Highly regarded around the world, Girl from Moush is an award-winning collage film created from the filmmaker’s reservoir of memories and images, as well as photographs from Atom Egoyan’s Calendar (1993), devoted to an Armenia at once real, historical, and imagined.

DROWNING IN FLAMES 
16mm | 25.00 min. | 1994
Confronting the works of Mike and Doug Starn within the visual realm, Drowning in Flames is a powerful statement on the artistic process, accomplished by a variety of stunning techniques of image construction.

PASSION CRUCIFIED
16mm | 18.00 min. | 1997
Passion Crucified is “an episodic rite of passage rendered in tableau style. Part creation myth, part medieval science fiction, it enacts a typology of the body offering us glimpses of Adam, Eve, Christ and Joan of Arc” (CFMDC).

FIND YOUR HOLY SELF
Video | 14.00 min. | 1998
In a remote and unidentified convent, four psychedelic nuns spend their time ruminating over betrayal, desire and other non-spiritual matters. Melodrama is the only religion they believe in.

MY OWN OBSESSION
16mm | 15.30 min. | 1998
A vertiginously self-reflexive study of the art of investigating and constructing identity. In the film, the filmmaker interviews various subjects for their insights into who she is at the same time that the film comments on and reveals its own creation.

PLATFORM
16mm | 08.00 min. | 1998
Platform is a highly manipulated and metaphorical visual treatise on the female form and its relation to various media.

POMEGRANATE TREE
16mm | 03.00 min. | 1998
A sensual study of the ceremonial paintings of the Qajar dynasty from Persia and the aggressively sexual and seductive images of contemporary Canadian artist Eli Langer.

RED BRICK
Video | 05.00 min. | 1999
Produced for the Moving Pictures Dancefilm Art Society in Toronto, Red Brick is a dense, multi-layered ode to the dynamism and vicissitudes of the body in motion.

SPARKLEHORSE
16mm | 09.00 min. | 1999
Inspired by the music of American indie rock phenomenon Sparklehorse, the film is a poetic collage of images divided into three sections corresponding to three songs: “Happy Man, “Good Morning Spider” and “Hundreds of Sparrows.”

DUST
16mm | 05.17 min. | 2000
A lyrical documentation and interpretation of the choreography of Julia Sasso as performed by two dancers.

HOKEES
16mm | 25.00 min. | 2000
Working in experimental narrative territory, Hokees is the story of an Armenian-Canadian woman and her struggle to come to grips with her pregnancy and Turkish boyfriend.

BABIES ON THE SUN
16mm | 04.30 min. | 2001
A suggestive collage of images evoking the innocence lost of childhood provides a visual, cinematic layer to the music of Sparklehorse.

DEATH TO EVERYONE
16mm | 06.40 min. | 2001
Employing the drawings of Bruno Schulz, Death to Everyone is the filmmaker’s ode to the complex relationship of attraction and repulsion, violence and pleasure, in the politics of looking.

SHADOWY ENCOUNTERS
16mm | 14.00 min. | 2002
Torossian’s mysterious and seductive homage to the films of the equally mysterious Brothers Quay. “An extraordinarily provocative film which draws the viewer in with its strange mesmerizing beauty” (Brothers Quay).

GARDEN IN KHORKHOM
16mm | 13.45 min. | 2003
Garden in Khorkhom is “an impressionistic documentary inspired by the works of Armenian painter Arshile Gorky. The film is a tapestry of footage provided by Atom Egoyan’s Ararat (2002) and footage shot by Torossian” (CFMDC).

SANDIAS EUSTASY
Video | 07.00 min. | 2004
“A rich-coloured, mysterious and magical musical fairy-tale about a wondering girl whose melancholic longing prevents her from marrying her beloved” (KIN International Film Festival).

HYPNOTIZE/MEZMERIZE
Video | 14.00 min. | 2005
An experimental documentary portrait of Armenian-American rock group, System of a Down.

ELECT THE DEAD
Video | 02.55 min. | 2007
Animated and collaged images of wandering lovers provide a provocative visual accompaniment to the music of ArmenianAmerican singer-songwriter, Serj Tankian.

STONE TIME TOUCH
Video | 72.00 min. | 2007
Torossian’s first feature-length work, Stone Time Touch is an experimental documentary essay film about the filmmaker’s journey to Armenia and the dazzling array of images and questions this journey provokes.

COME AROUND
Video | 04.40 min. | 2008
In this stunning film with music by Peter Scherer and poetry by Louise Bak, Torossian creates a dreamworld of love and longing, where unnamed animated characters wander through a shifting, murky terrain.

John Piekoszewski