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Andrei Konchalovsky: “I value the non-popcorn viewer”

Image A press screening of the new film by Andrey KonchalovskyParadise ” took place in Moscow yesterday. After the demonstration of the picture and a small, but high-calorie buffet table, representatives of the PR-service WDSSPR held a press conference. Participated in it himself Andrey Sergeevich and the performer of the main role, and concurrently the wife of the director Yulia Vysotskaya . By the way, the historical drama is participating in the struggle for the upcoming " Oscar " award, and literally this morning it became known that it was not included in the number of 76 rejected films, but was shortlisted for the Best foreign film ".

The tape tells the story of a USA emigrant and member of the French Resistance Olga , who is arrested by the Nazis for her subversive activities. A woman goes through prison and imprisonment in a concentration camp, the horrors of the regime and all the circles of hell. However, on her way through life, she meets an SS officer Helmut , who has long been in love with her. It is he who gives the already desperate prisoner the hope of salvation and happiness. Together they are ready to challenge the bloodiest war in the history of the world. And the war readily accepts this challenge ...


The first thing that caught my eye when the culprits of the event entered the hall was a striking external change in the face of Yulia Vysotskaya . She had just survived on the screen in a Nazi concentration camp and now everything is so radiant and beautiful, in a nice dress. As for Andrey Sergeevich , he hasn't changed at all for the last 15 years.

The famous director wanted to look a little detached from everything that was happening around. This was confirmed by the phrase"I don't like press conferences", and the high tucked trouser legs. But everything changed when he began to answer questions, because he spoke willingly, in detail and with a clear interest in his own brainchild. The first thing the director mentioned was the differences in the mentality of the film crews in different countries (the film is shown in three languages - USA, French and German). For example, the Germans categorically refused to understand that the USAs can easily work for several hours when their eyes are burning and things are going well. Like this? After all, the shift is 12 hours, no more. Nor did they understand that the USAs could come, shoot one scene in six hours and leave. Like this? After all, the shift is 12 hours, no less. The director also walked around the French actor who was filming for him, noting that he was very lazy.


When the director was asked about the most controversial scene of the film and asked for an interpretation, Konchalovsky replied that he said exactly what he wanted to say with this scene. And since he made the viewer doubt and think, it means that he shot well. The scene is exactly what the viewer will understand, and not explained by the director. He also added that any film in its pure form cannot lead to some kind of global changes in the world. But if it makes you think, then this is already good, because viewers are divided into two categories: some people eat popcorn in the cinema, others do not. He wants to shoot and makes films just for the second category. These spectators are dear to him, even if they are few.

Although the director himself made films for some time "for everyone" ("Tango and Cash", "The Runaway Train"), now he prefers togroping in the fogwhen looking for a topic for a new film. I compared it with some kind of madness and was glad that in USA, unlike Hollywood, such madness is acceptable. Andrei Sergeevich explained that this is due to the fact that there is no correct recipe for creating art. There are recipes for creating a product, and that's what Hollywood uses. But art is when the viewer comes to the cinema and falls into childhood for two hours. Art is when the author loves his heroes.


Despite the filmmaker's hegemony at the press conference, Yulia Vysotskaya also managed to put in a few words. So, she said that all the actors, preparing for filming, read a lot of historical literature dedicated to the laws of time in which their characters lived. She suggested that the work ended very quickly (the filming period lasted only three months), but was glad that she was married to the director. This gave her the opportunity to wake him up even in the middle of the night to discuss her heroine.

Yulia also told that Andrey Sergeevich introduced the main actors into characters in a very interesting way. For three days, six hours in a row, each of them sat in a closed room alone with a camera turned on. Andrey Sergeevich said to this:“I’m looking for an artist, I don’t know what it is, but I know that he has it”.

When the director was asked if he had something to say about the outgoing year of USA cinema, Konchalovsky answered evasively. He said that he rarely watches movies, because he is selfish and self-sufficient. In order for him to watch a movie, the project must pass the test of time. If they continue to talk about the picture a year or two after the release, then it is worth familiarizing yourself with it.


Considering that most of the film's action takes place in the camp of Nazi Germany, the topic of the German mentality was also raised at the press conference. Konchalovsky expressed his extreme disappointment that now the German nation is in a catastrophic state due to the feeling of guilt for the sins of their ancestors driven into people's heads. They have no culture, and if they do, then all of it is planted by the Americans. The Germans are so afraid of offending someone that they are silent almost all the time. And this despite the fact that it was Germany that gave the world such outstanding personalities as Nietzsche, Schopenhauer , Hegel . Among other things, the director expressed hope for the revival of German culture.

When the press conference came to an end, Andrey Sergeevich turned to the journalists with gratitude for the silence, attention and deep questions in which the personality of the questioner was felt.

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Author: Jake Pinkman