—Apparently, I will test the festival program myself, see how much adrenaline I have in my blood (laughs). But all ages are submissive to horror, and I even counted several horror festivals of various sizes that took place only this year in our country, in Moscow, and throughout Russia, and wherever they took place. One gets the feeling that this is already some kind of special national Russian love of horror. Or can we say that it is met with the same success and scope abroad?
— This is a story that is in all countries, and only in America can you find several horror festivals: Beyond, FrightFest, and so on. There are several of them in Canada, not to mention the fact that in Toronto, at the largest film festival, there is a Midnight Madness section - this is basically the way the community exists. And, apparently, when we have a need to create some kind of cinematic community, a community of people, we unite around festivals.
A few days ago I was at a film festival in Yakutia, and almost all the stories there were horror stories. When you find out that some Yakut film director made a film for three thousand rubles per shift, and this film is brilliant in the way it interacts with the mystical next to us. Many Yakuts believe in the existence of three worlds - the middle, where we live, the upper, where the gods live, and the underground, where the demons live. And in all their films, regardless of their genre, they somehow feel this neighborhood, which is amazing. This neighborhood, the confidence that you can be punished for a wrong act or protected, if you behave honestly, is very warming in our time. For the Yakuts, for example, it becomes a way of communication. A resident of a distant village does not write a letter, does not film TikTok, does not post — he is filming a film that everyone else will see, he will do it in one day, with joy, with naivety, but at the same time with some incredible directorial inspiration and the gift of a storyteller.
I think those people who unite around the festival of horror films, they also want to find some kind of their flock. For example, in Tallinn, at the film festival, everyone who goes there is called a "pack" because they have a wolf on their emblem. There is such a cool expression in America "festival crowd" — this is the crowd that we want to achieve here too. There are a lot of festivals: there is the Kaplya festival, which has been held in Russia for a very, very long time. To be honest, I don't know about others, but I will definitely study the market. I am convinced that this is the kind of story that should exist throughout the year. Maybe some kind of horror section will appear at the Moscow International Film Festival in April.
— It would be great. I am now looking forward to the Yakut film festival even more - they will go well after the horror festival (laughs).
— By the way, yes, there will definitely be a lot of mysticism.
A resident of a distant village does not write a letter, does not film TikTok, does not post — he is filming a film that everyone else will see, he will do it in one day, with joy, with naivety, but at the same time with some incredible directorial inspiration and the gift of a storyteller.