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Episode 65 - ANDREY ZVYAGINTSEV & MIKHAIL KRICHMAN - Director & Cinematographer Team - Part 1 (6 replies and 4 comments)

Reese Brucker
2 months ago
Reese Brucker 2 months ago

Team Deakins have an amazing conversation with the Russian collaborative team of Andrey Zvyagintsev and Mikhail Krichman. We have been avid fans of their films for years and so this was very special to us. Their films are: The Return, The Banishment, Elena, Leviathon and Loveless. We speak about so many things that we had to make two episodes from the result! In this episode we learn about their unique collaborative process of 20 years, their experiences on The Return, The Banishment and Elena. We speak about VFX, how Andrey works with his actors and how they battle unpredictable elements, like children and weather. A great conversation with true masters of filmmaking! 

RECOMMENDED EPISODE VIEWING: The Return, The Banishment, Elena, Leviathon, Loveless

Vanniyan
2 months ago
Vanniyan 2 months ago

It's really wonderful to heard their thoughts. I think there is a part 2 podcast. May be it will record or might be recorded. Roger and james why don't you both just ask about their shot construction style. Particularly 'Elena' and 'Leviathan'. It would be very educstional who admire andrei work.thank you.

skiphunt
2 months ago
skiphunt 2 months ago

OMG! I just finished watching Leviathan... which is the last of the their films that I could find. Leviathan, Elena, Loveless, The Banishment, and The Return. Looks like there are a couple shorts on Vimeo and YouTube that I haven't seen yet. 

Hadn't even heard of this director and DP until I started listening to your podcast and they were mentioned by Joel Coen. Roger mentioned them as well in one of the other threads.

I downloaded my podcasts for the day. Went to swim laps, then set out to walk. Hit play on the first podcast and gasped as you announced who you were about to interview. Seriously! Took my breath in such a way that I thought for sure I had covid! 😉 

You handled the interview beautifully in such a way that I was never confused. 

I've listened to a few filmmaking podcasts over the last few years, and I actually went to film school. Well, not really "film school" but the film department at the University of Texas. My degree is Radio, Television and Film Communications. 

I have to say... the Team Deakins podcast has been the most helpful and inspirational podcast on the subject I've listened to to date. I'd even venture to say that it might even be more useful overall than actually going to film school. 

Thank you all so much for producing it. 

Can't wait to listen to Part 2!

Canuck
2 months ago
Canuck 2 months ago

In Part 2 of the podcast Andrey Zvyagintsev talked about Marvin Heemeyer. For those unfamiliar with his story, Heemeyer was an American welder who went on a rampage with his modified bulldozer in 2004 after feuding with officials in his Colorado town. Here is a trailer for the documentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWSJ4_WtCoE»

"Leviathan" deserved all of the attention and praise it received, but I think it overshadowed another Russian film that was released the same year. Where "Leviathan" was stately and operatic in examining the rot in Russian society, "The Fool" was rock 'n roll and more accessible. I'd posted the YouTube link to the full movie awhile back in this forum. For those who haven't watched it, here's the link:

https://russianfilmhub.com/movies/the-fool-2014/»

 

skiphunt
2 months ago
skiphunt 2 months ago

Enjoyed part two as well. 

Toward the end they say they'll get a list of recommended contemporary Russian filmmakers/films to Roger/James. 

If they do follow up with this list, could you please share it with us in this thread? 

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

ALEKSEY GERMAN

Trial on the Road

My Friend Ivan Lapshin

Twenty Days Without War

ANDREY TARKOVSKY

Andrei Rublev

The Mirror

The Sacrifice

BUT I WILL SAY ALL OF HIS FILMS - ESPECIALLY 'IVAN'S CHILDHOOD', 'SOLARIS' AND 'STALKER'.

ANDREY KONCHALOVSKIY

Istoria Asi Klyachinoy ....

GLEB PANFILOV

No Path Through Fire

OTAR LOSSELLENI

Falling Leaves

Once Upon a Time There was a Singing Blackbird

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

Some NEW DIRECTORS they recommended

VASSILY SIGAREV

Wolfy

SERGEY LOZNITSA

My Joy

ALEKSEY BALABANOV

Cargo 200

NOKOLAY KHOMERIKI

Tale in the Darkness

BAKUR BAKURADZE

Shultes

ALEKSEY MIZGIRYOV

Tambourine Drum

Roger Deakins
2 months ago

They should keep us busy for a while!

Nikita Riazanov
2 months ago

'Dovlatov' by Aleksey German Jr. is also really good.

Btw the Kossakovsky movie with the whale Andrey was referring to is '¡Vivan las antipodas!', which is, imo, one of the best documentaries of all times.

skiphunt
2 months ago

@Roger Thank You! 🙂

Arribl
2 months ago

Also worth watching:

LARISSA SHEPITKO (she was Elem Klimov's wife)
The Ascent

NIKITA MIKHALKOV
Five evenings
Burnt by the Sun

VASSILY SIGAREV
Living

ALEXANDER ROGOZHKIN
The Cockoo

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