Magazine article Screen International

Bondarchuk Prepared to Bleep Obscenities

Magazine article Screen International

Bondarchuk Prepared to Bleep Obscenities

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Leading Russian actor-director-producer Fyodor Bondarchuk has indicated that he is prepared to bleep out the obscenities in Valeria Gai Germanika's new film Yes And Yes (Da I Da) to ensure its Russian theatrical release.

Speaking at a press conference at the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) this morning (June 25) ahead of the European premiere of Yes And Yes in the Main Competition, Bondarchuk said that he ¨hoped¨ to get a distribution certificate for the film tomorrow.

"I don't know about the cursing, but we have agreed to put in bleeps if there is no other way [for the film to be released] if the new obscenity law applies to this film," said Bondarchuk.

"We are still waiting for clarification about the situation for films made before when the law comes into effect on July 1. I will know more on Thursday."

With extensive use of swearwords - especially in the opening scenes in the apartment of Bohemian artists - and bottles of vodka being swigged at every opportunity, Yes And Yes might face the same problems as Andrey Zvyagintsev's Cannes winner Leviathan at obtaining a distribution certificate because of the Russian government's new legislation against the use of swearwords in artistic performances.

"Vodka is the engine of our story, I cannot say why," was Germanika's response to journalists' questions about the consumption of vodka in the film. Other members of the press were curious to know whether lead actor Alexandr Gorchilin as a young painter actually drinks his own urine on camera.

Bondarchuk, who produced the film with Dmitry Rudovsky through his production house Art Pictures Studio, said Germanika's film had been "new territory for me" and encouraged him to work with her again in the future.

¨I think this movie should be shown at film schools and pitches to show aspiring young filmmakers how to make films with limited means," he added.

Bondarchuk, who produced and directed last year's 3D box-office hit Stalingrad and is one of the prime movers behind the forthcoming omnibus film Petersburg: A Category Of Feelings, could be the latest Russian director after Night Watch's Timur Bekmambetov to direct Hollywood movies.

Earlier this week at the Moscow Business Square, Monumental Pictures' Michael Schlicht revealed he is developing a biopic about Odysseus with Bondarchuk to direct as his entrée to Hollywood.

Yes And Yes, which reunites Germanika with Agnia Kuznetsova, who starred in her 2008 feature debut Everybody Dies But Me, received its world premiere in the Indie Power sidebar at Hong Kong at the end of this past March.

The film's sales company Reflexion Films also showed the film as an industry screening in Hong Kong's Filmart. …

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