«I am not now married»: the first viewers of «Dislike» by Andrei Zvyagintsev

© Photo : from archive a press-services of Kinoploschadke Zvyagintsev at the first Russian screening of the film Dislike«I am not now married»: the first viewers of «Dislike» by Andrei Zvyagintsev© Photo : from archive a press-services of Kinopoisk

Drama «Dislike» by Andrei Zvyagintsev, received the third jury prize in Cannes, to be released in 1 June. Two days before the Russian premiere of the film was shown at the festival «Fire shows», and the audience for this session only had the opportunity to ask the Director your questions. Among the first spectators were the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

The scenario is a story about a couple over thirty who are experiencing all the ugly side of divorce and deal with his personal life, completely forgetting about the 12-year-old son.

The boy no place in the new world of parents, so it was decided to donate to the orphanage. On hearing this, the child leaves home, and the next two thirds of the film we are watching Les Miserables the search for a «runner» by volunteers.

In the first minutes it becomes clear that, despite the fact that the plot revolves around a child, the real heroes of the film — his parents.

Attentive viewers noted the presence in the frame of the actual participants in the volunteer search and rescue unit «Lisa Alert» and asked him why he shows in detail the routine of their work.

«I feel it is important not to suck from a finger, not to invent their procedures and behavior. It was important to meet them and to discuss in detail how they operate on the «zabroski», in the forest zone, in a pine forest or in the Bush. Why our boy is 12 years old? Because if the missing child and he is 12 years old — this is the milestone from which the search engines is determined by the «runner», «lost» is their terminology. If a child of 11 years, down the drain, it’s trouble. It either got stolen, or something else terrible happened. But after 12 it’s such a troubled boy or girl, who fell in the period of puberty, conflicts with parents,» said Zvyagintsev.

© Photo : from archive a press-services of Kinoploschadke Zvyagintsev at the first Russian screening of the film «Dislike»«I am not now married»: the first viewers of «Dislike» by Andrei Zvyagintsev© Photo : from archive a press-services of Kinoploschadke Zvyagintsev at the first Russian screening of «Dislike»

The Director also shared with the audience derived from search engine statistics: in 2016, «Lisa Alert» 6150 received complaints from across the country, of which 1015 people — children, managed to find 89 per cent lost. Were among the spectators a volunteer search emotionally thanked the jury for their attention to detail and scale of the problem: «it turned out that I personally from 2012 to 2015 was coordinator of «Lisa Alert». I didn’t believe that someone can show so in the film, and you could. And I very much hope that people will see it all over the country, around the world and understand the problem. Thank you very much».

© Photo : from archive a press-services of the Russian Cinepoetry screening of the film Andrei Zvyagintsev’s «Dislike»«I am not now married»: the first viewers of «Dislike» by Andrei Zvyagintsev© Photo : from archive a press-services of the Russian Cinepoetry screening of the film Andrei Zvyagintsev’s «Dislike»

In response Zvyagintsev told me this story which he heard from searchers.

«They seek the child, at some point in the middle of the night at the headquarters, near the home of his parents, find some information that seems important and relevant. Someone from the search team rises to the apartment, ringing the doorbell, leaves the parent and says, «Wait, guys, time, three o’clock, could you come tomorrow morning?» It just struck me,» admitted the Director.

Zvyagintsev said that he made this film not for any particular audience and not for the jury of prestigious film festivals, and for himself, because it is only in the Director’s opinion, the way to reach the hearts of the audience. Judging by the emotional reaction of the audience and hot discussion that lasted past midnight, he succeeded.

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