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Listapad 2016: Snowy Minsk welcomes cinematography celebrities

Films from all over the world came to Belarus. There are movies from France, Poland, China, Estonia and even Kyrgyzstan. Films from 45 countries will be presented at the International Film Festival Listapad. Celebrities of cinematography arrived in our country with great pleasure and surprise. Our correspondent Yana Shipko plunged into this fascinating world.

Denis Côté, film director, chairman of the jury of the "Youth on the move" contest of the XXIII International Minsk Film Festival Listapad (Canada):
For me, it is very exciting to discover Belarus and your culture, I came from the other end of the planet, and especially pleased to be the chairman of the jury. Young directors should not be afraid to do something completely new. It is so easy to just copy someone. So I will choose the most original movie.

For one week, Minsk has become the capital of the most important of the arts - cinema. At the airport, it does not seem surprising that the Georgian director and Estonian actor, who worked together on a movie, met in Riga to fly together to the Listapad festival in Belarus. Well, the festival erases any boundaries.

Zaza Urushadze, film director, chairman of the jury of the main feature films competition, XXIII International Minsk Film Festival Listapad (Georgia):
We are also very happy to be here! I love this festival.

Their joint film Tangerines, by the way, was nominated for Oscar. It will be screened at Listapad out of the competition program. Zaza himself will head the jury of the main competition. Meanwhile, Elmo has his own your scenario in Belarus. He served in an army near the village of Pechi in Belarus. This is the first time he's returned to Belarus.

Elmo Nüganen, actor, director (Estonia):
With such a touching feeling was I going here! I really wanted to come, because I served there from 1983 until 1985. And after that, I have not come to Belarus.

Kirill Molchan, engineer:
These are the films that come to us, endorsed by the festival committee. They are on such large drives and are transported in different ways - by air, land and sea.

Films are sent to the organizers of the authors themselves.

Kirill Molchan, engineer:
Then we finalize the list of movies, and load them into this machine: this is our main projector. All the films that come to us are written here and are stored for the duration of the festival. We project movies on that big screen.

The big screens of six Minsk cinemas will screen more than a hundred movies. Among them Sieranevada by the most radical Romanian director, and a sensational, movie that has already won prizes and has been banned in North Korea, a movie about the life behind the Iron Curtain called Under the Sun (it is alas out of competition program). I Am Not Madame Bovary with the highest-paid actress of China is in the competition program. By the way, the movie has already won the Golden shell of San Sebastián Film Festival.

Roberto Cueto, member of the jury (Spain):
I looked through the catalog of the festival... A very impressive program! Many good films, which have already won prizes at the most famous festivals. Actually they are very important movies of the year. There is a lot of competition. But I'm glad to be here and finally get to know your city and people.

Time Will Tell is the name of a film by Andreas Voigt. The German documentary has followed three characters for 25 years. This movie is a mirror of three human lives after the fall of the Berlin Wall. That's the beauty of documentary: you can't write scenarios better than life does.

Andreas Voigt, director, member of the main competition of documentary films at International Minsk Film Festival Listapad (Germany):
I watched my heroes for 25 years. These are three completely different fates. Life circumstances were changing. It is fascinating to watch what was going on with the characters. When you make a film about people, these are not actors, they cannot repeat the line but they play the role of themselves. And I think the history of East Germany will be close to the audience here than, for example, in France.

Andreas has an idea to make a film in Belarus. Several years ago, Andreas even visited Belarusian villages and managed to shoot a trailer. Back then, he did not find sponsors. But the idea still lives with him.

Andreas Voigt:
We wanted to make a film about old women in the Belarusian village, who sing folk songs in modern version. We visited several villages, explored this topic and I really enjoyed traveling around Belarus.

Jānis Streičs, film director (Latvia):
I see the progress Belarus is making. Back then, in the beginning of the 1990s, there was the end of the Soviet regime, the empty shops. Gradually, you are becoming a European country. Whatever may be said, indeed it is so. Order, cleanliness. Yet well-being is visible throughout the country.

Listapad 2016: Minsk welcomes cinematography celebrities