By genre, this picture is a psychological drama, camera story. Newlyweds Marina and Maxim have a honeymoon, they plan to spend it at sea. They go by car, on the way they come across an abandoned hotel. Their owner invites them to spend the night. He’s weird. He lives isolated from people. Hermit? Maybe a maniac? The events of one night change the lives of all the characters. In the frame, the Baltic Sea (in the Kaliningrad region), the hotel set was built on the shore, on the sand, and after filming it was dismantled.
As the creators said, “they decided to make a beautiful human film about the love of a small group.” Starring: Alexander Baluev, Marina Petrenko, Gleb Matveychuk. Here are three debuts: director – Balueva, actor – Matveychuk, composer and singer, debut of actress Petrenko – as a general producer of the film company.
– Any movie can be liked or disliked, it can irritate, not everyone accepts it, – thought Alexander Baluev. How were we taught? Cinema is treated as moments of reflection, dreams, understanding of the surrounding world. And now they are running away from a kind of sheet of beautiful inflated bodies running from one side to another, saying something, semi-obscenely, pronouncing false texts. And they call it a movie. It is awful. I wanted not only to protest against this lump, but just to remind myself that there is another movie. If we make it, that’s good.
The author was inspired to create the film in the work “His Don Juan List” by Valentin Krasnogorov. At first, Baluev thought of a theatrical production, but then it was decided to translate the work into film language. To help filmmakers: nature, sea, sunsets…
Photo: film company “Marusya Production”
“We work with great pleasure,” shared the director. “It was never difficult for me at all. We filmed between two waves of the pandemic. I realized that anyone can make a movie if they have a good cameraman and actors. A popular recognition and The image does not pretend to be jubilant. These are ordinary people.”
– Will you still make movies? Baluev asked.
– No. Everybody has to do their job. I did not study directing, this is a separate, different profession – the actor replied. – I’m going to shoot. The movie “Hotel” is the moment of my revelation, and you don’t have to deal with revelations.
The St. Petersburg audience highly appreciated the film, they did not skimp on epithets: “magnificent, profound, philosophical, poetic, sensual, sincere.” The fact that Baluev did this was called “a bold act”.
By the way, the film “Hotel” has already been shown at many film festivals, Russian and foreign, in Israel, Canada, Germany, Uruguay, South Korea, Sweden … There are awards: Anatoly Papanov – at the Golden Phoenix ( Smolensk ), “Best Director” and “Best Film” (Italy, Rome), special jury prize to actor Alexander Baluev (India, New Delhi).
In the meantime
Master classes for students of the Institute of Film and Television, RGISI, Institute of Culture were given by directors Vladimir Khotinenko, Andrey Kravchuk, actor Valery Barinov.
At the film festival, a round table was held “The cinematographic repertoire as a mirror, as a magnifying glass and as a diagnosis”. What do our cinemas offer the public today? How will the repertoire change in the absence of movies from Hollywood and other foreign studios? Why are there so few spectators in theaters? We talk about pitching, film festivals, project financing. Why are Russian filmmakers now mainly attracted by the same themes: war, sports, space? Discussion moderator: Moscow film critic, journalist Alexander Kolbovsky. Among the participants are director Alexander Proshkin, film critic, producer, president of the Russian film festival “Window on Europe” (Vyborg) Armen Medvedev, producer Natalia Ivanova, general director of the film festival “Long live Russian cinema !”, head of “Petersburg-kino” Lyudmila Tomskaya, actor, President of the festival “Crystal Source” (Essentuki) Euclid Kurdzidis.
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