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I'm Going to Change My Name

I'm Going to Change My Name

Maria Saakyan

Armenia, Russia, Germany, Denmark | 2012 | second feature film | running time: 103’

festivals & awards

TFL Section, Torino Film Festival 2011
Experimenta, BFI London Film Festival 2012


Evridika (14) lives together with her mother Sona (36) in small armenian town Alaverdi. Sona is conductor of a world famous choir consisting of 15 men. She is always out of home so Evridika feels neglected and lonely in her own small virtual world. Each day she goes deeper inside herself looking for answers to the questions posed by her blossoming sexuality. What is Love and Lust? Life and Death? Who is her father? All these questions had never been answered and Evridika sees no reasons to live until once she meets Petr (37) an ex-lover of her mother Sona who had a romantic relationship with her years ago. This becomes the key point to the tranformation of Evridika's perseption of the world.


I'm Going to Change My Name
original title



Armenia, Russia, Germany, Denmark

running time


produced by

Anniko Film - Russia

in co-production with

Paradise Group - Russia
Oscar Film - Denmark
Flying Moon - Germany

directed by

Maria Saakyan

written by

Maria Saakyan


Reflexion Films

A neglected teenager struggles with her blossoming sexuality and suicidal thoughts while searching for the father she has never known.
TFL Programmes

FrameWork 2009

Maria Saakyan

Film Director

Victoria Lupik