Ashod Malakian Honoured with Henri Verneuil Roundabout


Bouc Bel Air is a French city located south east of France, 30 minutes and 22.8 km distance from Marseilles.
The mayor Richard Mallie and his deputy Edmond Eutedjian together with the City Council of Bouc Bel Air have decided to name the roundabout of Mounine region as Henri Verneuil Roundabout. The inauguration will take place Saturday the 27th of June at 18:30, in the presence of Sophie and Patrick Malakian, his children.

Patrick Malakian
Patrick Malakian

Henri Verneuil was a naturalized French citizen of Armenian ancestry. Born Achod Malakian, on October 15, 1920 in Rodosto, Turkey. At the age of 4 he arrived with his family in Marseille, joining thousands of Armenians in fleeing the Turkish government’s massacres during the Armenian Genocide. As Henri Verneuil, at the end of his life, he devoted his two final full-length features to this part of his childhood and heritage, in his movies “Mayrig”.

Former journalist, editor, film critic and radio commentator. Directed his first short film in 1946, his first motion picture six years later. Best known for his popular thrillers and action films, frequently starring Jean Gabin. He was a director and writer, known for The Sicilian Clan (1969), The Night Caller (1975) and I as in Icarus (1979). He died on January 11, 2002 in Bagnolet, Seine-Saint-Denis, France. Has four children.

His son Patrick Malakian, born on August 27, 1963, is the Chairman of AGBU Marseilles Chapter, an also a well known filmmaker/director and writer, known for “La dernière tentation de Chris” (1991), “Why Is Mother in My Bed?” (1994) and “Natures mortes” (2000).

His son Sevan Malakian aka Señor Azzad, prticipated in a reality TV show called star Academie in 2007 has a passion for writing since the age of 16, deeply affected by his father’s death, inspired by both the hip-hop culture and classic French variety expressing his rage and sorrows, and his vision of society today. His first title J’laisse parler ma rage receives positive feedback from record companies, which encouraged him to write his first album.

AKA Candice Renoir
Gayane Malakian

His daughter Sophie Malakian is a vet and an actress, known for Jappeloup (2013) and La mort a dit peut-être (1990).
His Daughter Gayane or Gaya Verneuil, is an actress known for Candice Renoir (2013) and Drôle de famille! (2009).

The Inauguration ceremony will be followed by the outdoor screening of the film La vache et le prisonnier 21:30, place de l’Hôtel de Ville.

Inauguration of Place Henri Verneuil Marseilles
Inauguration of Place Henri Verneuil Marseilles
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