Press conference on the opening of the 17th Baikal International Film Festival «People and Environment» named after V. G. Rasputin

Press conference on the 17th Baikal International Film Festival  «People and Environment» named after V. G. Rasputin was held in Zvezdniy cinematheatre on the 21st of September.

Participants: Minister of culture and archives of Irkutsk region Olga Stasyulevich; President of the Festival, Director of documentary films, producer Sergey Miroshnichenko; Vice-President of the Festival, Head of the Irkutsk Regional Branch of the Filmmakers Union of Russia Olga Belskaya; General Director of the Festival, Head of Irkutsk Regional Film Foundation Andrey Salnikov; theatre and cinema director Viktor Alferov; playwright Olga Pogodina-Kuzmina; theatre and cinema actor Andrey Merzlikin.

Olga Stasyulevich mentioned that the Film Festival «People and Environment» was one of the main cinema events in Irkutsk in September, underlined the importance of the works and expressed gratitude to Sergey Miroshnichenko, the President of the Festival. Minister of culture also underlined that the Festival budget was bigger this year what would help to reward its winners with deserved honour.

One of the peculiarities of the Festival this year was the partnership with Baikal international ecological water forum. Sergey Miroshnichenko told that the idea to enlarge the partnership of the Festival with other different projects came to his mind after a visit to a film festival in Brazil. According to him joint efforts of major projects  would let achieve great results and lead the film festival out to a new level. Sergey Miroshnichenko shared some plans on the further Festival development at the press conference.

The President of the Festival expressed an idea about finance support of low-budget feature films production in the region. The possibility to realize such projects would be a great motivation for a local filmmakers community, and script applications for shooting feature films about Siberian writers life should be supported by the Ministry of Culture, as the creative heritage left by such writers as V.Rasputin, A.Vampilov, V.Shukshin was important part of the literature heritage of the country. Mentioning the level of the organization of the Festival «People and Environment» Sergey Miroshnichenko said that Valentin Rasputin could be pleased.

–I believe that in the near future the feature film on works of Rasputin will be produced. I’d like to take part in this. Works of Rasputin are very cinematic — said the President of the Festival.

 Vice-President of the Film Festival Olga Belskaya reminded about its beginning once again. In 1999 the first who began to talk about the necessity of organizing a film festival which could attract attention to the problems of interaction between people and environment was Vladimir Samoilichenko – film director, documentary script writer, honored worker of Culture of Russia. His film «Suffocation» about ecological catastrophe in Angarsk city (Irkutsk region, Russia), honored with several national and international awards, including Grand Prix of international film festival in Prague (Czechoslovakia) in 1990. Since 1999 Vladimir Samoilichenko has been an active member of the Russian Academy of Cinematic Arts «Nika». Vice-President expressed her gratitude to the Ministry of culture and archives of Irkutsk region for stable allocation of subsidy to the Irkutsk branch of the Filmmakers Union which helped to visit and participate in All-Russian film festivals.

Andrey Salnikov thanked the Governor of Irkutsk region and the Ministry of culture and archives for increasing the Film Festival budget. Also he highly evaluated the cooperation with the members of selection committee from Moscow who helped to make the contest program. According to him it was not only a great help in conducting the Festival, but became a very useful experience.

Andrey Merzlikin called Aleksander Vampilov — «Gagarin» in literature. Actor told about the process of immersion into the role of the great playwright, shared the feelings and thoughts about the life and works of A.Vampilov. The film became not a simple story about a Soviet and Russian writer for him, but a kind of enlightenment, eradication of ignorance. Despite the little similarity of appearance which initially discomforted the actor, persuasion of the director helped to deal with inner doubts and believe in success of the project.

Director Victor Alferov told about the film shooting process:

– The idea was very simple – to create a film about life of the person whose works I know since childhood as I grew up on Baikal in Buryatia. «Elder son» is one of my favorite films. The script is mostly based on the correspondence.

The script writer Olga Pogodina-Kuzmina mentioned that all members of the crew showed mutual understanding even in the most difficult situations during the shooting.

 

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