Directors and actors of short films during short speeches wished audience to have a good screening and unforgettable emotions before the beginning, and answered series of questions afterwards.
Director of the ‘Maniac’ movie, Anton Semin, shared the story of the idea of using extracts from a documentary in his own short film. He said: ‘We had a long talk with actors about how to add volume and divide the events in time. We thought that chronicle of our main character could broadcast her inner world and complete her ... There was an idea during the filming, but there were no specific digitized frames’.
Svitlana Shimko and Galina Yarmanova answered the questions about the ethical side of using existing material, which was taken from archives as a background for the real story of a real woman.
‘We took the materials from the city history center in Lviv ... The purpose is to popularize the materials from this film so that directors could use it ... In other words, there are no problems from a legal point of view. From the ethical point of view, subject of our film is quite sensitive and we were thinking for a long time how we can visualize these stories, taking into account the issue of anonymity of the heroines. In my opinion, while watching this movie, you see that the picture and the text ... it isn`t a direct illustration. This is an image of happy Soviet families. It is our directing choice’, - creators of the ‘Happy years’ film noted. And for the question about Russian language, which was used in the film, directors admitted:
‘Sources from which text was taken were in Russian. In the process of working on the film, our first idea was to find women who would agree to tell us about their experience ... In general, it is very difficult to materials, there are very few documentary histories. It is politically important for us that these stories are from Ukraine, because if we are talking about cinematerials, research materials related to sexuality, not heterosexuality, then almost everything that we have in the post-Soviet space is all about Russia. And it was important for us to find stories that are relevant to our context. In general, we used three big stories’.
‘We thought about parliament and state institutions, but we have understood during the preparation that those sketches can become a full movie...’, - directors of a ‘State institution’ film, Yarema Malaschuk and Roman Khimey, shared the experience.
A ‘Kyiv Story’ film, which received the most applause after the screening, was presented not only by a director Mikhail Masloboyshchikov, but also by two actors - the main roles` performers. ‘In fact, when I wrote a script for the movie, I imagined the main role performer a bit differently, but the actor was so cool and original that I decided to adapt the role to him. It was very important for me to have the actor who had a life experience and could play organically’. The director noted that the film has a political context - main characters speak different languages: Ukrainian and Russian, so events take place in Kyiv not by chance.
Director of a’Word’ movie also shared the experience of creating the movie: ‘I have invested 48 thousands in the film, and parents added about 10 thousand. In general, the shooting period lasted almost six months, and there were 8 shooting days’. Igor Wysnewski added that there were no problems with the selection of a team of actors actually, except for an actress for Maria's role, Sosyura`s wife - casting was huge.
Her own short film with rather patriotic topic about an ATO soldier was presented by Julia Tamtura. ‘Me, as a creative person, believe that this is my volunteer contribution, I do it from a sense of duty and patriotism’, - the author of the movie ‘The moment’ added.
In general, all films were warmly welcomed by the audience, who welcomed authors and directors of films with noisy applause.
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