Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Chairman of the jury “Kinotavr” Nikolai Lebedev defended spectator cinema – Moskovsky Komsomolets

The festival finished with Chernukho

Yesterday at 19:35, Visits: 1954

Grand Prix of the 27th Open Russian Film Festival “Kinotavr», held in Sochi, received a picture of the “good boy” Oksana Karas. Its rapidly meet the audience and the critics have not even mentioned.

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Photo: Gennady Avramenko

Oksana Karas, winner of the Grand Prix “Kinotavr»

«Kinotavr” for many years was considered a bastion of auteur cinema.. Leaders of the festival accused of connivance Chernukho and Arthouse. As a result, there prevailed a complete mainstream. The festival turned toward the audience. One member of the Jury – producer and director Janik Faiziev, once worked in the author’s cinema, well mastered the laws of TV business, – said damning words: “If I were the Minister of Culture, that would spend less money on auteur cinema. The task of the state – for every dollar invested in the film to get the maximum number of viewers. ” At the same time, critics noted that the air smelled of kerosene, the level of the works presented below average, so it just right to refuse the awarding of prizes.

The Chairman of the jury of the main competition film director Nikolai Lebedev told “MK” about his impressions.

– The Guild of Film critics was close to anyone at all not to award the prize. And your judges are not born of such sentiments

-? No. Because there are rules of the festival. It would be strange to compare competition films with pictures of “8 ½” Fellini, “Battleship” Potemkin “,” Citizen Kane “… We prioritize based on the analysis of the 14 pictures that participated in the competition. This problem we were facing, and we followed it religiously

-. It sounds very much like a soldier

-. Not a soldier, and Therefore human. We’re filmmakers and understand what it is work. Kino – not freemen, and a magnifying glass, a reflection of what is happening in society and cinema. We could not say, “Oh, we will not award a prize, we are so sophisticated …” The jury discussed the work of his colleagues, whom he loves. Today it is important for all of us to understand that playing movies that are incomprehensible to anyone but the three individual aesthetes, we lose everything. Winning over the years to “Kinotavr”, “Prisoner of the Caucasus”, “Brother”, “Peculiarities of National Hunting”, “war” is not rested on escapist art house, where it is unclear, movie watching or hallucinations. I am pleased that the competition films was to communicate with the audience. I emphasize: not fawning, not pleasing. What’s the use of talking about important things, if nobody listens? Trying to find a common language with the audience – is very important. It is long overdue problem. Whether we like it or not, you need to resolve it in our film industry. If we do not, we get the empty halls. Movies will simply cease to exist

-. This determined the superiority of “good boy»

-? We argued, but we did not have fights and conflicts. We were seven in the jury. Each has its own position. All respectable people, real professionals. We tried to understand each other. I had a right to a second vote, but I never did not use it

In turn, the Oksana Karas , a film director, winner of the Grand Prix “Kinotavr”, said the “MK”.:

– I’m interested to shoot architectural mainstream, such pictures that are clear and close to the viewer, who can empathize with the heroes. But it is important the handwriting of the author, that he hurts, rather than made to order. Woody Allen – copyrights, but they are the audience. Do not think that I can be equated with them. He is my idol. And there are directors in Russia. When I was preparing for the shooting of “good boy”, that focused on the good old Soviet cinema, which I like for its simplicity and sincere tone. “Good boy,” grown out of “Rodney” Mikhalkov, “Courier” Shakhnazarov “,” Plumbum “Abdrashitova,” Flights in Dreams and in Reality “Balayan … viewer missed a tone. “Good boy” – a movie actor, and very easy, without the snobbery and moralizing. It is a sincere story about growing up one person.

I would not be opposed to our picture and “Apprentice” by Kirill Serebrennikov. Yes, they are about the school. Just the bet ice cream performer starring in the film Semen Treskunov. I was sure, “students” will give the main prize. It is the author’s paintings, because we say that we have hurt. It’s just that Serebrennikov sore one, and I – both. But we are both sincere

The documentary Denis Shabayev , award for the best debut, shared with “MK»:.

– I did not expect awards, because the documentary cinema always a rogue

-. not even a phone call to his hero

-? to call. He is now a difficult situation. He should be deported – had he not paid a fine in the amount of 500- 1000 rubles. I have traveled extensively in Central Asia, there was shooting a film about the clearance. It’s an amazing culture and people. It hurts me when I see how we treat them. They – the same as we do, and not second-class citizens, and much more moral and more honest than us. With the heroes of “someone else’s work,” I’m friendly, I help, what can I do. Mother of one of them preserves vegetables, grows potatoes and all those shares with me. In fiction and documentary films feeling the truth of life is different. Igroviki much invent out of my head, but they have a budget

-. And you begin to shoot, having no money

For six months rented at his own expense? , trying to find some money. They should be taken so as not to spoil the movie. It is important to do what you want. And if you take money from random people who do not know how it would end. Can not get anything

His thoughts about the quality of our cinema shared the German film critic, selector of the festival Russian program in Cottbus Marcel Maiga :.

– I did not expect I would see so many paintings. For its festival we choose a movie viewer. Commercial cinema we also interesting. I myself – not only a selector, but also the audience, so the film should make an impression on me. The theme of love, human relationships in demand in Russia and Germany. Always attracted local flavor. Life in Russia is different from the situation in other countries. Today you are not the movie as it was five years ago. This year I would have said the average level, but few movies I liked. There are pictures of a world-class, but the majority is calculated solely on the Russian audience. Lightweight films made with humor, understandable for you, can not always understand the German audience. I liked the “Zoology” – is an example of the fact that we live in a society of individualists, where the family is not considered as something important, and this is a big problem. If you have a tail and you do not like the others, it’s hard to live. We constantly are told what we should be, what to wear and how to think. And if you are knocked out of the norm, then life becomes unbearable. “A man from the future” – at first glance easy and funny film. It raised serious issues about faith, about how society accepts man, about the end of the world, finally. The “Lights of a large village,” a lot of absurdity, it’s fun conversation piece. It rises saving culture theme. It closes cinema, but it can be a theater or music school. The state is always a problem in the cultural sector. The “Wake me up” the issue of corruption is concerned, to date worldwide. The main problem of competitive films – in the scenarios. There is often no logic, sometimes you do not understand what is going on. At the same time, in Russia, life is bright, and it gives an interesting, not flimsy threads.


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