Sunday, 11/15/2020

Meet the Filmmakers: RIO

Interview with director Zhenia Kazankina

Meet the Filmmakers: RIO

Director Zhenia Kazankina

 What is your favorite movie quote?

"Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." from CASABLANCA (1942).


What film would you most like to make a sequel of?

UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (2010) by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (just to continue the chain of reincarnations).


What has been the strangest thing you’ve experienced at a film festival so far?

Once we went to the film festival in Zlín with my director of photography. That day we had had a shoot, and we went straight from the set to the airport. When we arrived at the festival, we went for a walk. There was a lawn in front of the main cinema center. We sat down on the grass and fell right asleep, because we were very tired. We were awakened by a lovely girl who offered us cider. There was a warm sunset and it was all in some kind of half-sleep, as if several days had blended into one.


A new TV series about studying film needs a title. What title would you choose?

"Do What You Must, and Come what May".


What would you be if you weren’t a filmmaker?

A professional athlete.


Which person from the film industry would you most like to have a beer with?

Alice Rohrwacher.


What was the first film you saw in a movie theater?

THE MUMMY RETURNS (2001). I burst into tears when the villain fell into the pit with scarabs and his girlfriend did not save him.




Filmschool: Russian State University of Cinematography