Official 19.05.10 . 00:00 AM | Update : 13.02.18 . 11:51 AM
Press Conference for the film My Joy by Sergei Loznitsa
The press conference for the film My Joy by Sergei Loznitsa took place at noon today. The director, accompanied by producers Heino Deckert, Oleg Kokhan and actors Olga Shuvalova and Viktor Nemets, answered journalists’ questions. Excerpts.
About the genre of the film
Sergei Loznitsa: In the beginning, I chose to make a road-movie but you can’t really define the genre of the film. In fact I don’t even really understand the style! It’s very realistic but sometimes there are scenes that are grotesque or romantic. It’s a very eclectic film.
Was it difficult to get funding for such an unusual film?
Heino Deckert: The script was already exactly like the film so we knew what to expect. We wanted to coproduce with Russia but that didn’t work so we decided to shoot the film at the Russian border.
Oleg Kokhan: It’s this very eclectic aspect that drew me to this project. It’s such an unpredictable film, you can’t stop watching it.
About their characters
Olga Shuvalova: The first time I met Sergei we had an immediate understanding. And then as far as my character goes, I have known girls like this one, so that helped.
Viktor Nemets: Whoever we are, we are looking for signs of hope but the tragedy of my character is that he saw these signs and he didn’t follow the right path.
Why this title?
Sergei Loznitsa: Because I think it is really cool!