Born - 13.08.1929 in Baku. Died - 06.04.1990 in Yerevan.
1938-1946 - lived with his parents in Iran. 1946 - his family immigrated to Armenia. 1956 - graduated from the Romano-Germanic Philology Department of Yerevan State University. 1957-61- a post-graduate student of Yerevan Institute of Literature, later studied in the Institute of World Literature in Moscow. Since1961 - worked at Armenfilm Studio as an editor, assistant director and film director. 1964-66 - practiced in Moscow at Mosfilm Studio, acted as a director-practitioner during the shootings of Andrei Tarkovsky's film "Andrei Rublev." Tarkovsky was the creative adviser of the Hovhanissian's first feature film "Winepress (Sour Grape)."
1969 - The Poor Man's Honor, (co-dir. A.Samvellian), short
1973 - Winepress (Sour Grape)
1975 - My Heart is in the Highlands, co-script
1977 - Autumn Sun
1983 - The Master
1989 - Repeated Be All…, co-script, dir.