Polish viewers saw in the film itself, and its problems

In Warsaw ended 11-th Festival of Russian films “Sputnik above the Poland”. Further screenings will be held in different cities of the country – from Cracow to Wroclaw. In the competition – 13 of the most powerful paintings of the last two years, according to the organizers. Festival Director małgorzata Szlagowska-Skulsk said that this figure was chosen on purpose – after all, a Baker’s dozen.


Margarita Simonova in the film “Big”. Photo: still from the film

Among the best, according to Polish experts, “Arrhythmia” by Boris Khlebnikov, “the Tightness” of Cantemir Balagova, “Dislike” by Andrei Zvyagintsev. In the “Distress” they saw the dislike and “Dislike” – a suffocating tightness. From Yakutia to the festival invited Tatiana Evarestov — economist who became Director – meditative debut film “His daughter” about a girl from the Yakut village. Everything is fine in her life until trouble comes too early for such a little person. Much, of course, the girl still does not understand, but now I’ll share “before” and “after”. In Warsaw and showed one of the best films of the year “Gentiles” Lera Surkova, somehow, remaining in the shadows. It is based on the play Anna Yablonskaya, who died during the explosion at the Moscow airport in 2011, about how the arrival of a faithful grandmother making family life unbearable, though nothing bad she does not.


photo: Svetlana Khokhryakova
Screenwriter Of “Tightness” Anton Yarush

Actress Olga Lapshina returned to Warsaw, after 17 years, and presented the picture “As Vic the Garlic was carrying Lech Pin in a nursing Home” Alexander hunt, where she played the mother of the protagonist. She talked with the audience only in the Polish language, which is learned during repeated visits to this country in theatre festivals and workshops. Olga called Poland a tuning fork of its subsequent theatrical fate, there she learned to live with the feeling of the road from person to person.

The “tightness” of Cantemir Balagova represented 32-year-old St. Petersburg writer Anton Yarush. Interesting story of the birth of the film, created by the newcomers. “Cantemir Balahovit we met in Facebook, – says Anton.- The script was written without seeing each other, as we lived in different cities. I — in St. Petersburg, Cantemir — in Nalchik. We’ve been texting and are now friends. Cantemir wrote that there is a criminal idea, and I suggested family. The film starred not only professional actors, but ordinary people who had gathered from different places to participate in episodes. The film was shot near St. Petersburg for 23 days, and in Nalchik – days 5 and only scene out of characters from the city and engagement. Cantemir – Kabardian and knows what is happening in his homeland. Early mountain Jews lived in Nalchik, and now there was gone. In 1998, when the events of the film, I was 15 years old. Such history in our time could not be. Jews in the Caucasus anymore. Kidnapping is now not earn. Now in the Caucasus the situation is more serious. From real life taken from the episode of the abduction of the child. All the rest we developed ourselves. Characters live in cramped spaces and narrow corridors. Hence the feeling of tightness everywhere — in the traditions of family relations. Master Cantemir – Alexander Sokurov – participated in the under development of the script. In the process of filming he did not intervene, and then put Kantemir movie a solid four”.

Interestingly, among Polish viewers, there were those who visited the Caucasus and was able to compare the situation in the film that exists today. At home the young Director, the film was met without enthusiasm, considered it libellous.


photo: Svetlana Khokhryakova
Polina Aug played the Girl with the scythe

“A girl with a scythe” was represented by the debutant Director Olga Popova and actress Pauline Aug. Well-known in Poland their mothers — directed by Vera Storozheva, who came once on Sputnik, and Julia Aug, year ago noted there are “unusual artistic talent”. The Christmas story Olga took to shake up the genre itself. “We were looking for a Girl with a scythe, she said. – But when he came to Polina Aug, the issue was resolved. I always wanted to be a Director while studying, worked as an actress (and starred Olga Kira Muratova and Faith watch — sh). Nine years of my life spent and received two education to become a Director (Olga studied at the Institute of Cinematography and film school in Los Angeles — sh). The shooting was extreme. Frost reached 34 degrees. I was stressed when I learned that actress Alexandra Ursulyak tumbled on the set on her sixth month of pregnancy.”

“This is one of the most dramatic of my role, – tells Polina Aug. I always give the role without text. After shooting wanted to pick up a scythe himself. Not given. I walked down the Kamergersky, where he studied at the Studio School of the Moscow art theatre, where after a year I was expelled. My former classmates didn’t know what I’m doing. I had another month to answer questions. Some met me with a scythe, chased. I love to provoke people. Mom laughed when at six in the morning I have black and white back home.”

It turns out that according to statistics, in the New year in Moscow, killing more than a thousand people. As he met the filmmakers? Olga – to my parents ‘ cabin. Polina with her mother, grandmother and dogs, and then sent to friends. She notes and Christmas, so grew up with his grandmother in Estonia. The Polish audience was interested in the new year and Christmas traditions in Russia, salad recipes, which we prepare for the holiday. Had to answer culinary questions, although the film was about love, not about gastronomy. Interestingly, the Girl with the scythe the public perceived as defenseless death. And the filmmakers associate her with death in the big city. All the time. And then the death wobbles. Here and say, “Excuse me, I have a deadline. Come back later”. Chase the death from himself, and she understand this refers to the power of natural sensitivity.

Evaluated competition programme jury headed by editor-in-chief of the Polish monthly magazine “Kino” Andrzej Kolodynski. Into its composition entered the young Director Jakub CECI and actress Julia of Kiev, known in the cinematic world for the film “United States of love”. Grand Prix from the jury and the audience award received the “Arrhythmia” Boris Khlebnikov. The film got to the point. In Poland are the doctors ‘ strike, who, like their Russian counterparts, put into difficult circumstances. Second prize – “Hostages” Rezo Gigineishvili. The awarded “All our hope” Karen Gevorgyan with the participation of real miners.

Several films about the ballet staged in Warsaw. Of course, “Matilda”, as the main role in it was played by Polish actress Mikhalina Olshansky, selected from more than 300 candidates. Before filming, she barely spoke in Russian, recorded by the time the disc of Russian songs. Her father is composer Wojciech Olshansky, mother – singer Agnieszka Fatyga. As a teenager, the future actress and singer, kept a diary, which has become in Poland a bestseller. On the day of the screening of the film in Warsaw Mikhalina represented him in Serbia. Her compatriots was a little shocked by what he saw. To Poland has come information about the scandal around the film, its criticism of the Russian Orthodox Church. As was said at the opening ceremony of “Satellite” 11 times Russia attacked Poland, and “Matilda” is a nuclear attack.

Presented to the satellites movie “After you” Anna matison and Sergei Bezrukov in the role of a once famous ballet dancer, the documentary “Great Babylon” of the British production about the tragic events at the Bolshoi theatre, when Sergei Filin was doused with acid as well as “Big” Valery Todorovsky, where the main role was played by dancer Margarita Simonova from the Warsaw Bolshoi theatre. Her character name is Julia Olshansky. So the two Olshansky had one “Satellite”.

Valery Todorovsky was never balletomanes: “I Have no childhood memories of how I got to “the Nutcracker”, and then said, “will Grow up and shoot a film about it”. I always looked at the Grand theatre, as something incredibly far from real life.” However, he made a film about what’s behind the absolute beauty which brings human sacrifices.

In search of young heroes had to travel all over the country, all cities where there are Opera and ballet theatres, ballet school, including Kazakhstan and Ukraine. “During the year I brought the video, we called to audition, but could not find the combination of the ballet data with the ability to play a dramatic role. It seemed that no one ever will find it. Margarita Simonova situation was amazing. My assistants asked her to record a video about yourself. When I watched it, I realized that the girl is ours. We held a casting in Vilnius. Margo sat behind the wheel and arrived there from Warsaw. There did tests, and I’m 90 percent it was sure. Then he called her in Moscow. I have never had any doubt about the fact that I was wrong. Another character has not been presented”.

In Moscow, Margarita, no one knew at the time of the release of the film. In Warsaw she was greeted very warmly by the audience after the screening did not disperse. “I was born in Lithuania, graduated from Vilnius school of art, – says Margarita Simonova. A year danced in the Lithuanian National Opera and ballet theatre, after which he went to Poland. Now in its seventh year dancing at the Grand theatre in Warsaw. I’m the luminary, dancing “Swan lake”. We have a statement absolutely not a classic, so there is no triple of swans, and only two. When I read the script, it was one hundred percent sure that the author is a professional ballerina. Like my heroine, I grew up in a boarding school”.

“Harmse” Ivan Bolotnikov leading role was played by Polish theater Director Wojciech Urbanski. Director his hero was interested in how the original and free man, the hermit and the absolute European: “His amazing life on the one hand, was unhappy and on the other he was happy, for was always you.”

The documentary competition jury was headed by documentary film Director, Pavel Lozinski. Its members included the operator and the Director Wojciech Staron, who directed “the Siberian lesson” and the film “Brothers”, the characters who appeared in Siberia in Soviet times, as well as Director Wojciech Kaspersky. He also repeatedly worked in Siberia, made a film Icon in one of the psychiatric hospitals. In Russia, according to him, there is magnetism. Recently Wojciech swam the entire Volga, filming a new movie.

To assess this, the jury had to basically work our documentalistas. And won the picture of “Native” by Vitaly Mansky – the only shot a male Director about relatives from Ukraine. The diplomas were awarded to the films: “Pavlensky. Bare life” Daria Shitty (the subject of the Russian actionism devoted a separate discussion), “Gatherer sea grass” by Maria Murashova, filmed on Solovki, “Too a free man,” Faith Krychev of Boris Nemtsov, “Beliefs” Tatiana Fine, created together with Poland and Polish money. Tatyana says that we have no one would for a film not financed. He talks about the ability, or rather inability to prove their right to alternative service in the army.

In addition to the cinema “Sputnik over Poland” presented the performances based on works of Russian writers: “heart of a Dog” by Mikhail Bulgakov and “Men and angels” by Victor Shenderovich in the Theater “Wspolczesna”, “Nastasya Filippovna” in “the Idiot” by Dostoevsky and “Murlin Mug” on the play by Nikolai Kolyada in the Theater “Athenaeum”. Anna Mendes-Tarasov presented his book “My big fat Russian wedding” about how in Paris she met the man of her dreams. And he was Russian. After the screening of the film “About love” Anna Melikyan, a meeting was held with Joan Cicott who wrote the book “Petersburg. City of sleep” on the women of this city — the defenders of Leningrad, dancers, activists of the LGBT community. Tomas Grywacheski told about an unfinished project of Transpolar railway, construction of which has killed thousands of prisoners of the Gulag. The team of Tomas visited the remnants of the former camps. Travellers Ala and India Lukovskii, as students, got on the TRANS-Siberian to lake Baikal, went there a few times and wrote the guide to Baikal. Master of history at the University of wrocław michał Pater gave a lecture about his Tunguska expedition. Once he organized a train journey across Russia, went into the forest and reached the place of the Tunguska meteorite, the Dyatlov pass and the Devil’s cemetery. In the Planetarium “the Sky of Copernicus” was an exhibition of “Separate reality” Alexey Andreev. In order to assess his work, we had to wear VR glasses. In one of the Warsaw restaurants had been the head of the Russian language with free tea from a samovar, a demonstration of an unusual collection of Russian and Soviet alarms. Among the children held a competition on the theme “Moscow in 50 years.” With the project “Mold” was made by Polish band “Machine”, performing Ukrainian, Georgian, Russian and Siberian separate songs in modern arrangement.

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