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Wine Country Film Festival 2013


Directed by Eric Boadella

Narrative, US Cinema / Spain, USA / 2013 / Cultural, Food, History, Seniors, Youth / 81 mins / Armenian, English / World Premiere

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Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
September 26, 2013 8:15 pm


The fine art of the “toast” at Armenian dinners is passed on from generation to generation. It’s aim is to touch the hearts of all dinner guests and remind us of our humanity. This is the basis of  “ToastMaster,” a new independent feature having its World Premiere in the Cave Theatre in Deerfield Ranch Winery.   Alek & Mariella find themselves at their reclusive uncle’s house, in Glendale, California, surrounded by his parrot, sheep, and rooster, while awaiting Alek’s mother’s second wedding. Uncle Kapriel realizes this weekend is his perfect opportunity to teach Alek their ancient Armenian tradition, Toastmaster, just in time for his mother’s wedding. What Uncle Kapriel does not expect, is what his nephew will uncover about his secret past.

IN PERSON: Director Eric Boadella

Toastmaster Website

Toastmaster Facebook Page

Director's Bio

Eric Boadella is a self-taught filmmaker from Barcelona, Spain. He is an awarded music video director who now focuses on writing and directing narrative films. Influenced by the magical realism imbedded in Catalonian literature, Eric creates peculiar characters that stumble upon unforeseen adventures, connecting them in a remarkable way. His first feature film, “Toastmaster”, narrates Uncle Kapriel’s obsession to pass on his long-lost family tradition to his nephew.

• LA MUERTE DE SANTIAGO JR. (2014, In development)
• THE ROOF GARDENER (Short 2010)
• THE NEW YOU (Short 2009)
• BANAT (Short 2009)


“Many people have asked me why I am making a film based on an Armenian tradition. What is it that attracted me, a Spanish filmmaker, to the tradition of the toastmaster? It was love at the first sight. Before starting to write the script, I had experienced just one social gathering lead by an Armenian toastmaster. One was enough. I immediately admired this poet and master of improvisation. Almost magically, with each lyrical and clever toast, he eternalized the moment and shared the joy with his loved ones. That night I realized the toastmaster and I shared the same vision. Although I use different tools than he does, cinematography and actors instead of poetry and vodka, the ultimate goal is the same: to immortalize a story. My admiration for the toastmaster was my catalyst for writing this humanistic story between two characters from two very different generations: Uncle Kapriel, the Toastmaster, and Alek Nerguizian, the collector of stories.”
Eric Boadella – January 2013


Producer: Eric Boadella, Martin Yernazian, Hermes Marco
Screenwriter: Eric Boadella
Cinematographer: Hermes Marco
Editor: Francesc Sitges-Sarda
Music: Ara Dabandjian
Cast: Sevag Mahserejian, David Hovan, Kali Flanagan

Dates & Times


Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
September 26, 2013 8:15 pm