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What future awaits Far Eastern cinema? – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 12, 2024 Time: 17:48:10

Sergei Lukyanenko, science fiction writer and screenwriter, based on whose novel “Autumn Visits” a miniseries was recently filmed in Vladivostok:

– In general, regional cinema is a way out of the routine through which our national cinema now slides. Because we have several strong and powerful manufacturers who don’t want to go anywhere. By chance, one will turn around and break a bank, as happened with “Cheburashka”, and now, in the coming years, we are expected to see film adaptations of many wonderful Soviet cartoons, for some time the entire budget will be directed. there. Regional cinema, including Far Eastern cinema, is an opportunity to get out of this routine, try other directions and, God willing, find something of your own, new and unexpected.

The miniseries based on “Autumn Visits” is a rather interesting project, especially considering that its budget was very small, the actors filmed for free, and the technical costs were covered by fundraising on an Internet crowdfunding platform. In the Far East there is a desire to make films and people capable of doing it (directors, screenwriters and actors). As for nature and landscapes, they undoubtedly provide great advantages and captivate the inhabitants of European Russia. The Far East can become one of the national film centers, and the state should play an important role in this.

Ksenia Barinova, Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor of the FEFU School of Arts and Humanities (specializes in analyzing student scenarios):

– There is not much Far Eastern flavor in the works of our students. For the most part, these are universal stories that could happen in any region. They mainly write about themselves and their peers. And what should be noted is that when students analyze films as part of their academic assignments, they never take Soviet or Russian films from a huge list, but only films made in Hollywood. And when creating their scripts, they also focus on universal history, understandable to everyone and even, rather, foreign. They like to give their heroes not Russian, but English names, and create stories that are largely unrelated to Russia or a specific region. Therefore, we have to talk about the problem of lack of attention to both the country and the small homeland.

Alexander Umanov, chief editor of the literary and artistic almanac “Amur” (Blagoveshchensk):

– We should not talk about regional cinema of the Far East, but about national cinema with Far Eastern characteristics. Since the 1860s, many wonderful works have been written in the Amur region, some of which need to be viewed, otherwise young people simply will not know about them.

Our biggest problem is the lack of experience in scripting. Because there has never been a situation like this, in which writers working in our region could offer their works and scripts to national filmmakers; The culture of the Far East, including the Amur region, is still perceived as a kind of cultural corridor. And the attitude towards it is condescending, as if it were an amateur activity: spicy, interesting, but not real culture. I think differently: in the Far East there are phenomena of a national scale, and if the works of local writers are not filmed, the national cinema will become noticeably poorer.

Ilya Tilkin, screenwriter of the series “Arsenyev”, filmed in Primorye and New Moscow:

– A good script is the main thing for cinema and its creation is not that expensive.

Those who don’t know how to write screenplays but do know how to tell stories need to be taught. And if state or regional governments allocate a part of the funds to train people in good educational institutions, then we can count on these people to write stories about what is needed. It is normal for the government to order a certain number of stories. In Russia there are now six film support funds with an incredible total budget, many times higher than the average regional budget.

“Our biggest problem is the lack of experience in creating scripts”

Do you say that there are many texts that have to be filmed? So where are they? There are many agents, editors, producers looking for material, hundreds of them. And it seems to me that if there is a person, a group of people, officials or enthusiasts who are dedicated to sending these texts to the corresponding funds, to the production companies that read literature and look for opportunities for film adaptation, this will already have some effect. They will buy a good script and put it into production.

Alexey Romanov, Yakut director and artistic director of the Sakhafilm film studio:

– In those regions where film commissions were created and at the same time funds were allocated for film discounts, cinema began to develop gradually. Film commissions served as mediators, a point of development that made it possible to create films in their regions: in St. Petersburg, Altai, Murmansk.

Filmmakers from Moscow, St. Petersburg and other central studios come to the regions and hire staff, secondary staff: assistants, cameramen, sound engineers. These people carry out internships that help them enter cinematography, understand what cinema is, complete some courses, train or gain experience on their own…

Here in Yakutia we have many people who came to cinema through practice, for example, Dima Davydov, Lyuba Borisova. They have no professional training, but each one came to cinema in their own way and today they have become very famous directors. Therefore, one of the ways is to create film commissions.

Festivals can also serve as mediators for the development of cinema. For example, in Chukotka there is “The Golden Crow”, and local people are already starting to film their little works.

Vyacheslav Konovalov, curator of the All-Russian Literary Prize “Far East” named after him. VC. Arsenyeva, director of the Far Eastern Cinema project:

– The cultural discovery of the Far East is a State task. Enthusiasts in regions interested in the development of cinema should clearly and specifically formulate their requests to the State, including the creation of specialized educational institutions, and the State should support these initiatives in every possible way. Because the main art for us is still cinema.

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