Famous film Director Andrei Zvyagintsev in an article published in the newspaper “Kommersant”, expressed his opinion about censorship in the cultural sphere, in the discussion which was attended by the representatives of the authorities after harsh statements on this subject, the art Director of theatre “Satyricon” Konstantin Raikin.

Speaking at the Congress of the Union of theatrical figures of Russia, Raikin raised the topic of regular “raids on art,” noting that he considers the prohibition of censorship “greatest event” in the life of the country. The art Director “the Satyricon” also expressed concern that the authorities distanciruemsa from people who advocate the closure of exhibitions and cancellation of performances. The position of the authorities on this matter clearly stated the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. Commenting on the words Raikin, he said: “If the government gives money to some production, the state has the right to designate a particular topic. The state orders a particular topic”. But he stressed that “this is not censorship”. The Ministry of culture on the eve saidthat “there is no censorship, but there are development priorities.”

The Creator of the films “the Return”, “Helena”, “Leviathan” agreed with Raikin, noting that “in the space of the cultural life of the country censorship is in full growth.” According to the Director, “to deny this can only be a liar or ignorant”. “It’s just unbelievable how easy it now is a substitution of concepts. Nobody even frowns. We say: “This is censorship”, they say: “the state order”. And we also offer “not to confuse” – he was indignant.

Zvyagintsev has reminded that now the situation in the economy and culture is such that neither the theatres nor the Studio can’t create projects without state participation. “Therefore, following the logic of the press Secretary, for whom “if the government gives money… it is eating a piece of art on a particular subject”, it appears that virtually the entire cultural life of Russia today biased power,” he continues.

The Director wonders how the officials, who did not create the Grand theatre or the same “Satyricon” had not developed the laws of poetics and aesthetics, not to shape the direction and flow of modern cinema or theatre, you can “book art”. “When, finally, the officials realize that their job is to organize and support the work of people and not give them their “orders”? – says Zvyagintsev.

“The intervention of the authorities in the professional Affairs of any professionals often absurd, but a hundred times more absurd interference in the Affairs of artists,” said the author, Recalling that it is a profession, “the essence of which is free creativity”.

Commenting on the words of Peskov about the fact that if the state pays the artist, that, therefore, the artist must serve his will, Zvyagintsev reminded of a vulgar joke: “Who the girl has supper, that and dances it”. “This is about representation and the power of art. These people have decided that they know what people need, and with his money bought his pathetic crafts”, – with bitterness he writes.

“No, not the artist’s obligation to the state, and the state is obliged to help the artist. The government must nurture the genius, to encourage the free search for talented people…” – said the Director. Instead, the authorities “encourage the mediocre, the dull lie about the person filling screens and television, and the cinema”, he says.

Zvyagintsev: they forgot that “it’s not their money, and our”

According to Andrey Zvyagintsev, the main thing that he was impressed by the statement of Peskov, is that the government is convinced that the money that they manage belong to them. About this position that demonstrates the immorality of government, the Director, according to his confession, heard from the Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky and Deputy culture Minister Vladimir Aristarkhov. “They did, with some surprising ease, withdrew from his consciousness simple and obvious idea that it’s not their money, and our”, – says the Director in an article in “Kommersant”.

Wanting to order something artist Zvyagintsev offers to sell your house or car for the money order, for example, a play or ten performances. “If you are eager for, and those are certainly there, they will show you on stage that you want. And while you are doing the will of the people, receiving a salary from public money, while you the same as we, the citizens, help freelancers to carry out their activities and not interfere with them. Hear, finally, that they don’t want your “orders”. Don’t want you no supper, no dancing,” – concluded the author of “Leviathan”.

Andrey Zvyagintsev is the winner of the Venice and Cannes film festivals. The winner of the award “Golden globe” and nominee for “Oscar” in the category “Best foreign language film”. Gained worldwide fame after the release of the film “the Return” (2003), which won two national film awards “Nika”, two “Golden lion” Venice film festival (best film and best directorial debut), the two “Golden eagles”.

Released in 2014 drama Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan” has won many awards, including the prize “Golden globe” as the best foreign language film. The picture was nominated for the Oscars 2015 in the category “best foreign language film”.

Zvyagintsev appealed to the authorities: the artists do not want your “orders”, “don’t want no supper, no dance” 27.10.2016

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