The famous Director finds that Danila Kozlovsky Grand job with the role in his film “Crew”. Nikolai Lebedev visited the St. Petersburg film Studio RWS to participate in the project “Kinovisa”, and in the break between the lecture said “StarHit” about the film “the Crew”, about working with Danila Kozlovsky about the Russian cinema.
You came to St. Petersburg with the honorable mission – to participate in the project “Kinovisa” that is organized by the film Studio RWS. Why agree to take part in it?
Because I love everything new. At this Studio I for the first time, and I’m interested to see its capabilities, technological and production capacity. I’m curious, what were doing here, but the main thing I’m curious about what can be done here. So I responded to the invitation of the leadership of the Studio and came. —
Within the project you will give a lecture on cinema. We all know that you have a few years of a teacher, it turns out that to give a lecture about the movie for you, a piece of cake?
Do you think that is so? And I’m always so nervous! Want to make the conversation as useful as possible for students and the most interesting – both in human and in a professional sense. However, as can be a few hours to tell people how to make a movie? And because they all expect you to give them this key. And I myself have do not have a key. Every time I looking for it again. —
Tell us about the current students who go to study in film schools. What are they? Are there any differences, especially from your generation?
It’s hard for me to judge because I don’t really understand the difference of generations, and you see the difference personalities – and this is the most interesting. See more girls began to go to the directing profession, obviously. Yes, and I teach so sporadically. For example, yesterday I was called into the school Mitta, and I three hours talking about the movie – I was interested because it was interesting. I see that people want to make films and this is important, because there have been times when people were not order to make movies, to succeed, to make a career… And it’s not really the right approach.
A generation of young people that grew up in the 90s, for the most part, watched Western movies, but the last few years these people there has been interest in the Russian cinema is obvious in the hire, and to discuss in social networks. Why do you think young people became interested in Russian movies?
I have a feeling that there is now a growing interest in Russian cinema yet. But I’m very glad to hear this from you, if so and if this is a trend, then you even can not imagine how happy I am. It seems to me that at the turn of the 90’s was destroyed not only the filming and all were destroyed the connection between our film and the audience – something that is decades in the making and that it was necessary to cherish as the Apple of an eye, everything was destroyed. I understand how difficult it is today to the viewer to come to the cinema, and not just on Russian film. —
You some time lived and worked in America, but there are in fact all go to the movies?
In America, I was faced with the fact that watching a movie in the cinema is such a national sport. Despite the fact that they have entertainment through the roof! They love cinema and movie on the big screen – to such an extent that even impossible to imagine that within a week someone from the Americans would not go to the cinema. I was there in the early 2000-ies, when I myself have forgotten what films, and they taught me to going to the cinema for a month! Don’t know how to return we have this tradition of going to the movies, but you know, if we get her back, then with our film everything will be fine. The audience now, who spoiled and ruined “the delivery of movies on the house” breaks away from the TV, or worse, from the computer, just for the sake of the film event, solely for the sake of something sverhestestvennoe or extraordinary, and in America, just go to the movies. That’s when we get this feeling that we had in the society that going to the movies is no mean feat, but part of the “cultural minimum”, then the situation will go smoothly. —
The last few years, you are just a Director who makes films-of events. This is a deliberate line of conduct, or so? Because on your last picture of “the Crew” now does not speak only the lazy.
How can you consciously set itself the task: “I think I’ll pop the film-event!” No, of course. —
To remove the “Crew” is your idea or someone suggested?
You understand that ideas arise in different ways. “The crew” Alexander Naumovich Mitta is my favorite picture that my mind turned. And I loved this picture, even as a schoolboy I developed the scripts in this genre, and when he entered the film Institute, wrote several works about “the Crew”. I’ve always wanted to shoot a film-catastrophe in the memory of this film, inspired by “the Crew”. Finding a few years ago, the novel “Metro”, I went to the producers who bought the rights and tried to agree on how to put this picture, but we have not grown together. As a result, “Metro” wonderfully filmed directed by Anton Megerdichev. And suddenly the producer Leonid Vereschagin says: “But make a new “Crew!” I said, “No way!” Because for me the film of Alexander Mitta – the absolute and unattainable masterpiece, not repeat. But then Studio head RUB and another by the film’s producer, Nikita Mikhalkov, said: “And think, why not, it’s a good idea”. Anton Zlatopolsky, the third producer of the film, approved of the idea. To Vereshchagin, Zlatopolskaya Mikhalkov and we worked together on “the Legend №17”, already knew each other’s work and I understand that the proposal is very serious, a second chance will not. The temptation was so great that I went to Berlin, which I really love and appreciate, because he is the author of “the Crew”. MITT, unlike Vereshchagin, Mikhalkov and Zlatopolskaya, know that I love his picture, looked at me and said, “why, are you going to refuse? Don’t even try! I will support you, you will succeed!” After that I had no choice, because I realized that I could not resist the delightful temptation that haunted me since childhood. —
Understand that comparisons with the film Mitta you are already tired. But you know that in Russia, the remakes are, to put it mildly, ambiguous. Failed and “the dawns here are quiet”, and “Gentlemen of fortune”, and “prisoner of the Caucasus”. What is the secret of the “Crew”?
Probably that it was the most desperate and crazy idea, which you can imagine, passionate, and sincere. And none of it counted, we were motivated by love for “the Crew” Mitta and the desire to make a good film, nothing more. It was a huge risk on the part of producers who invested a lot of money on my part – because in our film there’s no precedent that the remake was successful – well, maybe except for “twist of fate”. Although our “Crew” is a sequel in form but in content it is closer to the remake. However, I really wanted to put this picture, so wanted to touch this material that I have not thought about the consequences and underwater reefs! Said Hitchcock: “My love for this material was stronger than considerations of morality!” And I rushed headlong into this adventure.
Do you have the feeling that Danila Kozlovsky, who played the title role in “the Crew”, the last time somewhat blurry. Almost every picture he.
The fact that he removed a lot, doesn’t mean he’s grown accustomed. —
But it might harm him?
I do not know! I hope not, because Daniel is not mute and not a sitter – he is a Grand actor, I would even say, stunning! And an incredible degree of diligence. Can you honestly say, we both wanted to work together on “the Crew”, both resisted. And not because we were bad on the “Legend №17”, but because we were insanely good, there was a buzz from work that he was afraid that this will not happen again on “the Crew” and I was afraid I was going to try to repeat the previous experience instead of making a new picture. So we agreed quite a long time, four months rehearsing in great detail every scene, repeated, copied, changed dialogues – all in order to find new adaptations for the screen he was different, not like in the “Legend №17”. To the “Crew” did not happen rubber stamp – Kharlamov took off his helmet, put down the stick and put on the jacket of the pilot. It seems to me that a Grand Kozlovsky made this role…—
You agree that Daniel is growing as an artist?
It’s beautiful, it grows in each role, he is fantastic. Lord, if we have such people all were, or at least half, or at least one-tenth of the degree of commitment, the degree of diligence, talent – Yes we would be ahead of the rest. —
Many Directors have recently been trying a few step away from the cinema and engage in the filming of the series, and in the best Western tradition – with a clever plot, good casting. Do you have any thoughts to make a TV series?
Yes I have a good selection of actors in the movie (laughs). And the story I try to was not stupid. I am very interested to make a movie, I like to see the film on the big screen, like to feel the same breath of the hall, and while I have the opportunity to make a movie for cinemas, I want to do this. In addition, there is a caveat – a film and a half, two hours of screen time, it compacted the story and I understand how to do it. A series, in my opinion, is a little bit different profession, she needs to learn and you can’t be a layman. Here Valery Todorovsky, who stunningly made the series “Thaw”, he told me that he’s ready, but at one time, because it does not need to rivet the series, as if on a conveyor belt, and to do seriously. —
In one interview you said you’re looking for the answer to the question “why do good people so hard to live.” Managed to find the answer?
Yes, because they are kind, decent and fair, and they have to resist the wrong structure of the world and of evil, of meanness, cunning that lurks at every step. They, thank God are in the world the light now and then, so we all live, so we still exist as a society, as a country, as mankind – without them we’d be dead.
Wikipedia says that you are a co-author of several books of detective-crime genre. Is it true?
That’s true, but this is very old information. When I didn’t have work, and I was starving (it was mid 90-ies), I didn’t go to bandits, rogues and merchants did not go, and tried to live by his profession. That is, the Scriptures (because the first profession I’m a journalist, and the second – film expert and critic). Therefore, we together with my colleagues, friends and acquaintances from the University began to collectively write these novels and releasing them, thus, survived. It was a piece of black bread, without butter, but enough to somehow feed their families and themselves.—
The Director usually, removing the film, already has a clear plan of what picture it will continue to remove. You still are silent about it. Are there any plans, ideas, what movie we should expect from you?
I hope that good.