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Press Conference: “The Banishment”

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As part of the presentation in Competition of the feature The Banishment, a panel of members of the film crew met journalists to answer questions and give different perspectives on the film. Director Andrei Zvyagintsev was accompanied by actors Konstantin Lavronenko and Maria Bonnevie, as well as producer Dimitri Lesnevski. Highlights follow.

Andrei Zvyagintsev describing Maria Bonnevie: "Maria is extraordinary, a magical actress. I discovered her when I saw the film Dina, in which she played opposite Gérard Depardieu. I have never been able to forget the face I saw on the screen."

Maria Bonnevie on her part in this film: "It was one of my most difficult roles. I was supposed to speak Russian, a language I do not know. But I was coached by a translator, Kristina, who has since become a friend. In addition to that, I was supposed to contain all my emotions, keep them inside as much as possible. In many respects, this part was a challenge, but it was a pleasure to meet it."

Andrei Zvyagintsev on the film's relationship to reality: "In filmmaking, reality is so present that it is difficult to be detached from it. But you have to succeed in doing so to reach another, higher level of reality. When you are directing a film, you have to create a world, and make the invisible visible, which is an exceedingly complex task."

Andrei Zvyagintsev on the contrast between the film's formal beauty and its dark subject: "This contrast doesn't trouble me at all. Above all, the film is a recreated reality, almost dreamlike. For me, a dream has to be beautiful, whole, and harmonious."

Andrei Zvyagintsev on filmmakers who influenced him: "The Sacrifice is my favorite film. People often ask me if Tarkovsky was an influence on my filmmaking. If his films did have any influence on me, it was not in a conscious way. I also like Antonioni."

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