Kusturica Ready to Cooperate with Belarusian Film-Makers

11.11.2010 11:45
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Serbian film director Emir Kusturica said that he's currently working on a new film, devoted to the writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, deeply appreciated by his literary work. This was stated by Emir Kusturica in Minsk on November 10. He also expressed readiness to cooperate with the Belarusian and Russian filmmakers in the movie creation.

According to the director, the film consists of three stories, making up a coherent plot. The first story tells of a young artist, willing to make a film about Dostoevsky. He addresses a rich man, came to Cannes to buy a hotel. Maecenas agrees to help, provided the young man kills his wife, BelTA informs.

The second story is about a girl from Belgrade, performing one of Dostoevsky’s heroines Nastasia Filippovna. One day, an idea comes to her mind to get pregnant from Dostoevsky’s grandson. The girl comes to him in St. Petersburg and tells of her desire.

The third parable shows Ivan Karamazov. Being a religious person, he takes off his cassock one day and meets a girl, willing to have a child of Dostoevsky’s grandson. «I won’t tell the end of the story,» Emir Kusturica intrigued.

The director also confessed his love to other Russian classics such as Mikhail Lermontov, Nikolai Gogol, Lev Tolstoy and Mikhail Bulgakov. «This literature has helped me to see the light, get an education,» Emir Kusturica said. Filmmaker reads Russian classics in translation into Serbian language. According to him, translated works are almost identical to the originals thanks to the similar mentality.

I’m Inspired by Minsk, Kusturica

«I am inspired by Minsk. It looks the way I would like to see all European cities. I’m really concerned about Belarus, the country with a clever approach to capitalism. Small Slavic countries make great Slavic brotherhood. The Serbs and the Belarusians have a lot of good. So you can assume that you’ve got your fan,» Emir Kusturica said, addressing the Belarusians.

The film director also said that he remembered the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, supporting the Serbian people during the bombing. «I am very grateful to him for that, I was very pleased to meet with Alexander Lukashenko. He is a very strong person, strong personality,» Emir Kusturica said.

«I’m a person of the past and the future and I hope that your country will get even better,» the director said.

Kusturica — a Political Ignoramus, Peich

Deputy Director of Radio «Liberty«, Nenad Peich, who is personally acquainted with Emir Kusturica, commented on the famous film director’s statements in Minsk.

«I know him very well. He’s a cinema genius. But as for the politics, he is the exact opposite. He’s one of those, who supported Milosevic, the man, responsible for the war and the defeat in the war. At the moment Kusturica supports radical nationalists in Serbia. They often visit his private ranch in southern Serbia. Local residents protest against Kusturica, saying that he’d taken their land without consent,» Nenad Peich said, the Belarusian service of Radio «Liberty

«The independent Serbian newspapers also claim that he’s bought this ranch illegally. I do not know if this is true or not. Kusturica rejects the accusation. As for the perception of Kusturica by the radical nationalist circles, he is something of a hero for them. The people of opposite way of thinking consider him a political ignoramus,» the deputy director added.

Nenad Peich added, commenting on Belarus as a country, managed to keep the national good away from the international corporations, that «Emir might have said this to his own interest.»

According to Telegraf, the president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with Emir Kusturica in Minsk on November 9 offered him to cooperate with the Belarusian cinematographers. «If you want to shoot anything reputable, though not connected with Belarus, we’ll deem it an honor to cooperate with such a man, unable to shoot bad movies,» the president said.

Alexander Lukashenko also presented the director with a major award of «Listapad» film festival — a special prize of the Head of State «for preservation and development of spiritual traditions in the cinema.»