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31 October '17

Sergey Debizhev: “Our film will start its countrywide march in Crimea”

Sergey Debizhev: “Our film will start its countrywide march in Crimea”

Sergey Debizhev and Sergey Lazutkin, Director of the YIEF Foundation, spoke about the cultural project at a news conference in Simferopol, at the Republic of Crimea press centre.

Opening the news conference Sergey Lazutkin emphasised that the Foundation was a year-round initiative that organizes a series of cultural events, alongside the Yalta International Economic Forum. “In July, we arranged a tour of Crimea by the ballet company of the renowned choreographer and ballet master Oleg Vinogradov. This film premiere is our next project and I hope viewers will appreciate its true value. Bringing together people of arts who are “cultural landmarks” is a very important, significant and exciting mission. We plan to keep working on it”, said Lazutkin.

The premiere of the film focusing on the events of 1917 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Revolution. Premiere screenings will be supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Crimea in five cities on the peninsula: Krasnoperekopsk (30 October, Palace of Culture), Simferopol (31 October, Musical Theatre), Sevastopol (1 November, Center of Culture and Arts), Yevpatoria (2 November, Pushkin Theatre), and Yalta (3 November, Chekhov Theatre). The director of the YIEF Foundation also said that all screenings would be free of charge, because the project enjoys a not-for-profit status.

Sergey Debizhev noted it was significant that the film would premiere in Crimea. “As of today, the film has not been presented in Moscow or St Petersburg. I believe it to be emblematic that the premiere will be taking place here, in Crimea, ahead of such an important day – the 100th anniversary of the Revolution. It is from here that the nationwide march of our film will begin”, the director said.

He noted that, following the reunification with Russia in 2014, Crimea had obtained a “unique chance to start writing its history with a clean slate.” “The page of misconception, tragedy and geopolitical stratagems has been turned. An unprecedented situation has emerged in Crimea, which has an opportunity to become an ideology champion, setting a new style for a new Russia. The experience of the Russian Empire is absolutely indispensible. You cannot make a future; you can only source it from your own historical experience. Russia has tried various recipes brought in from outside, and we all saw that these externally imposed programmes, these ideologies and development recipes do not work in our country”, said Debizhev.

The director stated that Scorching Chaos had no “tedious and dusty documentary routine.” “There are no endless figures and dates, flows of names, titles and documents. The film addresses the head and the heart at the same time – we have created an artistic image of an entire epoch”, Sergey Debizhev explains.

The voiceover narration consists of speculations and observations of those who lived through the Revolution. “I took reminiscences of eyewitnesses – historians, religious philosophers, men of letters and ordinary people – secondary school students and pupils. These quotations are all united and woven into the voiceover narrative”, Debizhev said.

The news conference was attended by students of the school of directors of the Crimean University of Culture, Arts, and Tourism. Sergey Debizhev answered questions about director’s skills and emphasized the role of younger generations in forming the image of Russia’s future. “The younger generation must be involved in building the future, because it is where you will live”, Sergey Debizhev said.