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AneeshAndrei, These are my impressions. Purely impressions. i recollect an instance from your 'the Banishment' Vera basks in the sunlight before she is killed, where she experiences the sunlight with the veracity of a child. it reminded me of an instance of great film making as described in "Sculpting in Time' as exemplified by Kurazava in the death of the character of Thorisho Mifune in Seven Samurai where his dead body is drenched in rain, and a scene in Bunuel's Nazarin. i could see a feather resting on the bed of the returned father in 'The Return', which i have seen in several of Tharkovsky's movies such as 'Nostalgia' and some weightless flying objects in the concluding scene of 'Stalker'. And though i can grasp that it adds to the gravity of the situation, the same feather is visible lying on a seashore in our guest book page photograph. I would like you to give me a response regarding its greater meanings.
AneeshAndrei, i was watching your films since i saw your debut 'The Return', and was enthralled by the pace of the film,which is in complete coordination with the demands of narration. It recalled me of an instance in Tarkovsky's 'Sculpting in Time' in which he, after making 'Ivan's Childhood' is describing a moment he started to sense cinema as if he is in a dark room and could feel the warmth of its presence somewhere near to him. He was precisely talking about the beginning of his journey as a film maker of his satisfaction, his way of narration and style, which is imminent in his later films. when i saw 'The Return' the impression that sustained in me was that, here is a director who found his film with his debut. Now, watching 'Elena', i feel that your talent seen in The Return and progression has been curtailed a little by your over emphasis over the momentum of the film.
peterAndrei, I purchased Elena in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Truly excellent film, the best I've seen in a very long time. Thank you for restoring my faith in modern cinema.
I had the privilege of watching Elena last night at Film Forum in NY. The film was great and it was very nice to hear you talk too.
Being a (beginning) filmmaker myself it's very inspiring to see your work... the tone, the pacing, the mise-en-scene, the perfect blending of style and content... I wanted to ask you about your directing process but the Q&A flew away and I as still too affected by the film to articulate anything coherent. So I'll write them here: do you storyboard?, how much of the camera movement comes from you and how much comes from your DP?, at what point did you decide you would shoot that fight scene hand held?, did you had Phillip Glass in mind while you were shooting, or was it a later decision?
Anyway, thank you for your work. And all the best for your future projects, Fede.
Ian Fowlerthank you
TeoI was just wondering when I would be able to watch "Elena" in New York City. I heard a lot of good things about it, and I absolutely love the previous works of Andrey. Thanks so much for your help!
oliaDear Andrej, watching Elena was one of the most wonderful and striking moments i survived in the recent time. The way it is - showing the illnesses of our society in a very objective way - makes you think, feel pain and see yourself as a part of it. I promised myself to teach my children Russian, so they could get to know such a talented artist. good luck for you and all the people who participate in creation of your magic works. (there is a big film festival in Edinburgh and it would be great if we could have a chance see some of your works there )
VskarAndrey..Amazing Works. waiting eagerly for your next work.the portrayal and scene selection is a bliss to see. from India with All wishes for the trend to continue.
Peter AyolovDear Andrey, Thank you and the whole team for "Elena". It's your best work so far. I was amazed. I wish that more people can see it without their "moral judgment persona" and really understand the film as mirror of a new world with a different morality. I am affraid that my review in IMDB is the only good one, but if my opinion means something this film is one of the milestones in 21-st century cinema. I am completely honest and this is not a flattery. (actually it is!) I've just finished waching all the "1001 films to see before you die" of the same name book and if you put the other 2000 I've seen before, I can say that after so many movies I have a "sober" judgment for films. I also have a master degree in film and am writing my phD. So please beleive me: You have created an masterpiece. For me "Elena" is as a perfect mixture between "The Shop on Main Street" 1965, "Crimes and Misdemeanors" 1989, "Uzak" 2002 and "Cargo 200" 2007. The film brings the spirit and questions of Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 21-st century. I really hope that you will make atleast one movie per year from now one, if not there will be something missing this year, it will be a "leap year" without your films. All the best Peter
Ashish PandeyDear Andrei, I cherish meeting you @ Goa...Elena is beautiful. The depth of thought you put in constructing and then unraveling a scene is amazing. Do take some time off to view 'The Cabin man' & 'Open Doors'. Best of luck for your new adventure...I would eagerly look forward to your new creation.