TMT: What`s the current situation surrounding the documentary film market in Russia?
SK: The word "market" is not relevant, it simply does not exist. We didn`t begin distribution because we had ambitions to develop the market. It became obvious that we needed content, which we could get from international copyright owners. Compared with the situation we had 6 – 7 years ago, a lot has changed: we are producing more movies, and the audience is more prepared for the content we offer. Our recent movie, "Delo Sobchaka" is being distributed by more than 80 cinemas in Russia. It is a huge number for our country, as we had to negotiate with each cinema house separately. All movie theatres are commercial, and, without any financial support from the government, they`re interested in making money. Each movie in distribution is a potential source of good income, and our job is to persuade them that this particular movie is worth it.
TMT: Could you elaborate more on the topic of documentary movies? How has the genre changed since the first documentary?
SK: Documentaries reflect our lives. People have always raised important issues in their movies, discussing and making statements about love, friendship, freedom and betrayal. These topics are eternal and will never lose their relevance. What has altered is the form of representation, the creative means directors use to transmit the idea to the audience. That`s why I do not like the idea of having two separate terms – fiction and documentaries. I accept the definition of non-fiction movies, because all of them in fact reflect the problems in our real life. Thus, movies directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev and Aleksei Balabanov are still documentaries, presented in the form of fiction.
TMT: So do you see any advantages that documentaries have over the fiction movies?
SK: What I always care about is the quality. I am a bigger fan of documentaries, as I am often irritated by untalented actors in fiction. I have nothing to complain about when it comes to real people. I vote for life and sincerity, which you can get only from watching documentary movies