November 1, 2013 - 19:21 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Makers of “Paradjanov” tried to avoid stereotypes in the creating the drama about the renowned artist and director, helmer Olena Fetisova told a news conference in Minsk.
According to Belta, Fetisova thought it symbolic that the film opens Listapad Minsk Festival, with the artist often visiting the Belarusian capital in his time.
“We tried hard to avoid stereotypes when filming the picture, as well as avoid taking sides in portraying the film characters. We aimed to tell a story about the time the famous artist lived in, rather than his biography,” she said.
“A true artist’s work is never easy, regardless of the epoch,” she said.
As Fetisova confessed, work on the film affected her own personality: “this is my first feature film- it’s all I’ve been doing for the last 5 years. I’ve been waking up and falling asleep with thoughts of the script and the character’s image. It has done a lot for my personal growth,” she said.
Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova’s “Paradjanov”, Ukraine’s candidate for the foreign language Oscar is among 76 movies on the Academy Award long-list.
The film, co-produced with Ukraine, France, Georgia and Armenia, stars Avedikian as a brilliant director Sergey Paradjanov, whose nonconformist behavior conflicts with Soviet System.
Parajanov’s eccentricities land him in jail, where his indestructible love for beauty allows him to withstand the years of imprisonment, isolation and oblivion.
“Parajanov” was named the best feature film at Odessa Festival.