Thursday, 15 August 2019

Interview with filmmaker Anatoly Pasichnik

Long Road Home will be screening at the Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival

How did you get into making films?
From early childhood I liked to watch movies. Over time, the film industry has drawn me more and more. During this period, I wanted to know exactly how movies are created. I read a lot of books in this direction and decided to practice shooting video clips.

What inspired you to make your movie?
 I was inspired to create a film by my own book "the Long way home" based on which the film was made.

How has your style evolved?
 I think developing your own style takes place over the entire career of the Director. This is only my first film so to talk about own style you need to shoot at least two more films. In the meantime it is too early to talk about it.

Tell us any strange or funny stories while making the film?
 "Long Road Home" is the first full-length mystical thriller, filmed without the support of the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation and without the participation of the major film studios.

 - None of the participants of the project does not have any professional education in the field of film industry.

 - About 40 % of the scenes described in the film took place in real life. For example, the scene with the family in the car on the track and the doctor’s conversation in the doctors ' lounge. The Director was personally present. It was so interesting that he just took a piece of paper, a pen and started to write down everything he saw and heard. Of course, these scenes for the film have to be changed a little under the plot, but it is still about 75% true.

 - Many of the characters of the film, as well the novel, have their prototypes in real life. Some of them played themselves in the film, but some, for one reason or another, couldn’t take part in the filming.

- Almost all mentions of the name "Pasichnik" are excluded from the opening credits, except the Director, despite the fact that the director himself has played a major role. Leading roles were played by: the director’s brother Dmitry Pasichnik and his uncle Anatoly Pasichnik, the name of the last one was decided to change on "Rybakov ".

 - All movie scenes are shot either in nature or in real places (school, hospital, and others). None of the decorations was made for the film.

 The Misrule Film Movement & Pink8 manifesto bring what to mind?
 There are a lot of rules in filmmaking, but there are no laws. In order to break the rules you need to know them.

What can we expect from your next film?
 It's going to be a bomb! There's no point in talking about it. As soon as I make this film you will definitely see it.