Today, world-famous film director Henri Verneuil would have turned 100 years old.

Henri Verneuil (Ashot Hakob Malakyan) was born on October 15, 1920, in Tekirdag, and died on January 11, 2002, in France.

In 1948, Verneuil made his first film, The Singer of Armenian Sorrow and Freedom (dedicated to writer Avetis Aharonyan). In Armenia, Verneuil is known for his films “Mayrik” and “Parade Street, House 588”, which tells the story of the family of Hakob Malakyan (Verno’s father) who moved to Marseilles after the Genocide against Armenians. During his career he has shot more than 50 films.

He was nominated for Oscar and Palme d’Or awards, and won Locarno International Film Festival, Edgar Allan Poe Awards, French Legion of Honor, Golden Globe Award, French National Academy of Cinema and Honorary Cesar awards.