‘The film encourages critical thinking’ in an information bombarded world

Chisinau premiere in the near future – on September 29-30, a conference will be held here, with the public HAI with the DOC, which will bring together filmmakers, documentarians, journalists and other participants trained in documentary filmmaking or passionate about this art.

An interview with explanations and details about this event – in a few minutes – with Valentina Yusofodjaev, Director of the National Center of Cinematography, the institution under whose auspices this conference is being held.

Valentina Yusopodgaev: “Motivational motivation (laughs). We need such various events and events to create and develop a cinematic environment. Documentary has become a trend, so to speak, in the modern world, in the world of cinema; documentary is very important in terms of content for television and by the way and the media. From the point of view Theoretical, given our financial resources for this field, on the one hand, easy access, so to speak, for the production of documentaries, because a good film means money, or the film budget in the Republic of Moldova does not cover the film low budget, which means three hundred thousand euros on the European market. Our budget is smaller, therefore: 1) We believe that with the financial resources currently available, the documentary will be a priority. This not only comes from the logic of money, I think, we also have a lot of stories here, with potential, stories that happen in life around us, we have a lot of social phenomena, more specific stories around us that can be the subject of a documentary, ie in medicine , in the family, the same violence in the family, when you read in the press, you see a lot of topics that make you think in a way, which can be developed in a documentary.

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Take, for example, the film “Collective” of Nano, which was nominated for an Oscar. The movie started with this incident that somehow terrified the whole world, the nightclub fire, but really, the movie is about something else, it’s about the bureaucracy in the system, about the lack of the human face of the bureaucratic system.”

Free Europe: And do you think documentaries have the power to create social change?

Valentina Yusopodgaev: “Yes, that sounds pretty nonsense to me, looks like BT aint to me too, BT seems not to me, BT seems not to me. In fact, public opinion can make a reader read, listen, or look at To confuse or to induce certain ideas, while the movie, obviously, I take the trailer out of the equation, and the movie makes you think, and the movie makes you ask questions, and the movie develops critical thinking.

Or, critical thinking is very important at the present time and in our country, but not only, if we generally think about what is happening around us, critical thinking becomes a priority, so to speak, for mankind today, in conditions of severe, even aggressive information flow. ”

Free Europe: What is the main element of the documentary and perhaps the lack of media, as I mentioned earlier?

Valentina Yusopodgaev: “The documentary evokes some feelings and so-called cognitive emotions. So the movie makes you think, first of all, plus the movie has a certain visual cloak, which not only comes as factual information, but is dressed up in this basic thread with facts or a visual chain that puts you in position or place the viewer be aware of this content.”

Free Europe: If we want to return to the guest film “HAI with DOC”, it is Olga Lukovnikova, who received the Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival in Berlin, a unique performance, we can say, for the Republic of Moldova, her film was a very personal perspective , Regarding domestic violence, do you think this example can confirm that a documentary can bring about social change, and if so, what change has it made?

Valentina Yusopodgaev: “Exactly. I chose his guests Amplifiers On this very event from this perspective, in a way, to encourage those who want to make a film here, to induce the idea that everything is possible, here, the example of Olga, who is from here, studied here, at some point he ends up getting Such an important award. If it’s a personal story, because the movie also means the visual expression of your voice, your idea or your thoughts, it’s all Amplifiers Coming up will come with some messages proving that anything is possible means film production and documentaries production.

I think Olga is a great example in that sense, she’s also a great example in terms of courage, because making a movie means being brave. I mean, not only is the courage to tackle the most sensitive issues, but it also means the courage to navigate obstacles, including financial obstacles to the end product.”

Free Europe: Olga is a young filmmaker who started her studies in the Republic of Moldova, but also continued her studies abroad, and as far as I remember, her film was actually funded with funding from abroad.

Valentina Yusopodgaev: “Unfortunately, the Republic of Moldova cannot fully assume or be proud of this success of Olga, because it did not contribute, at least, financially, to this film, or this could happen here, that is, he made his film here and it was the success of the whole country, Because the film is a very strong promoter of the image of the country. I think that should be taken into account, the film is often a business card of a country.”

Free Europe: Eight successful guests will participate in the conference. These are the directors, producers, distributors and promoters of the documentary, who will share their experiences and discuss current issues in the industry, I mentioned a few of them: Alexandru Nano, Olga Lukovnikova … What is it about, what are the details of this industry? What are the current topics to be discussed?

Valentina Yusopodgaev: “This conference is organized in a way in two units. The first day will be more focused on case studies, so they will be project authors who will share their experience behind making a film. These are things that happen during events like this, during film festivals and they are very important, because for filmmakers, in particular General, it is very important to communicate and communicate with colleagues from other parts. It is a very dynamic industry today, everything is changing all the time. As you know, behind the screen there are some interesting stories and some interesting experiences.

The next day the conference will focus more on the industrial aspect, as we say, we have a representative for a documentary film festival or an art film. This is Victoria Bilopolsky, Director of “ArtDocFest”, the founder of this festival is Vitaly Mansky, we have a documentary film distributor in London, Irina Taskovsky is a distributor and sales agent. We invited it, because not only do we have to make films, we also have to distribute them and reach the audience and we have to earn as little as possible from them, but they must be sold. That’s how the system works and again that’s a reason to encourage people here, because many filmmakers are somehow stopping this moment or demoralizing them. Did they make a movie and what do I do with it? – Extract or configure the question.

In this context, representative “present time” [n.r. canal de televiziune care funcționează sub auspiciile Europa Liberă/Libertatea și VOA ]they met with the name “Nastoiașcee vremea”, who told me when I was on the phone that I was in the process of opening a TV station specializing in documentaries, plus they somehow thought they were really interested in the area because we weren’t, to speak very active.

Free Europe: You also have the coronavirus pandemic that has definitely changed the reality of this industry. How have filmmakers, producers, distributors, and especially documentaries, adapted to these realities? What will the event participants learn from their colleagues in these countries in this regard?

Valentina Yusopodgaev: “In some way it wasn’t a topic to focus on, it would come up in discussions anyway, I’m sure, because everyone has gone through this pandemic, this total change of situation, and the movie, which also includes big movie teams, and the sharing of different resources was obvious and could be affected.” These are issues that are everywhere. It’s a problem for us, but in the situation we are in and at our production level, we can’t speak of a disaster, to be honest.

It obviously affected people in the field, and obviously a lot of people had to move to change their production plans, but I don’t think it’s appropriate to complain, because in everything that happened, the most important thing for us was learning how to make a movie. High quality and the ability to enter the international market with interesting content, not only for us, for everyone and visual professionals.

Or, this is possible, again, through various events, networking and seminars, exerciseEtc., as much communication as possible, first of all, because this, on the one hand, is inspiration, on the other hand, new knowledge and new experience and not only at the level of producing something, but also at the level of promoting what you have done, your product. ”

Free Europe: The announcement mentions a number of files Amplifiersmany of them Amplifiers They have won major prizes in international festivals. However, should laurel laurels determine the value of the documentary?

Valentina Yusopodgaev: “Well, festivals, actually, so and there, to pick some quality products, because there are people in the field, experts with knowledge. They say their word for that and there are festivals in a way, well, in addition to that, there are festivals to have the opportunity to see some films. Which you can’t always access on the film platform or you can watch on TV etc. This is the life of films, firstly at festivals, two – yes, there is also the audience that gives their score.

Here it also depends on the purpose of the film maker, whether it is intended to be a commercial documentary only or intended to attract an audience, each has a specific purpose when producing, but the audience is clearly just as important or perhaps more than that. Important, because these products, in the end, reach the audience.”

Free Europe: You are at the beginning of your term at the helm of CNC. Can we understand that the development of the Documentary Branch of Cinematography in the Republic of Moldova is a priority for you during this period?

Valentina Yusopodgaev: “At least in the first year, next year of the competition, we will try to focus on the documentary. I said: It also comes from our financial reality, because we can’t finance feature films with such a budget, or we have to allocate the entire CNC budget to a single film in this case.” If we talk about priorities, I see the following things: The priority will be to develop projects, because that’s how it works around the world, and the creators have some ideas, they have some concepts, the so-called treatment or treatmentThey must have time and resources to develop their project, or this is also an opportunity to liquidate later, after creating the conditions for developing a project out of 10 projects 3-4 projects can reach maturity. That’s a priority, and the other priority is co-production, because that’s how it works across Europe, and again, co-productions mean more funding resources, and that means more areas for subsequent film releases; Co-production means transferring experience and connections in this world of film, which is no small thing. There is another direction that we have yet to develop, and this will be a priority again, and yes, documentaries are more accessible from a financial point of view and are in demand. Today in the international market this is a very popular product. In Sweden, people go to the cinema and watch documentaries, we don’t have that tradition yet, but maybe we will.”

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