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The Secret of Success: Love Life in Its Diversity PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 August 2017 03:29

Despite the fact that Ayub Shakhobiddinov’s films are already so loved by the public not only in the country, but also abroad, as evidenced by numerous reviews of film critics, in the near future the director intends to become even closer and more interesting to the viewer. He dwelled upon this in the interview with Uzbekistan Today.


Your films have become the hallmark of modern culture of Uzbekistan: they are shown at many major international festivals. In particular, the film Parizod repeatedly represented our country at foreign film festivals. Share the secret of success.


“There is no definite recipe. First of all, it is work on yourself; you need to know the films of other directors, read a lot, love life in its diversity, be interested in the destinies of people, and empathize with what is happening. I gained much in the years of study at the Theater and Art Institute in Tashkent, as well as in Moscow, master classes of such outstanding Russian directors as Mikhalkov, Soloviev, Konchalovsky. When all this is summed up and combined with the presence of a professional flair - you get flicks that may be of interest to millions, going beyond one cinema hall. It is pleasant to know that people in Europe, Asia and America watch my films with interest.”


Are they screened abroad only within festivals or in cinema halls too?


“Most often they are screened within festivals. But we must bear in mind that festivals are different. For example, I happened to participate in the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn. If usually a small audience watches the films, usually jury members and film critics, then in that festival the films were shown in the cinemas, the tickets were sold as for regular sessions, everyone could buy them. For example, it was very interesting for me, sitting in the cinema hall among spectators, to watch the reaction of the ordinary people. It is one thing when your film is screened in your country, where everything is familiar, and quite another, when it is watched by spectators with a completely different mentality. This is a real test of skill: the film should be understandable in any country, no matter where it is screened.”


Why any of the domestic films did not receive award at international festivals in the last three years? Where are the new films?


“It is hard for me to speak for all. A kind of pause emerged. It is most likely due to the fact that our country has launched a reform and reconstruction of the main complex of the halls of Uzbekfilm.”


Recently you have been involved in shooting TV serials, filmed documentaries and worked in other genres. What do you like the most?


“I am involved in the work on television. But this does not mean that I left the cinematography. I am interested in trying something new.


At the same time, during this period, I shot a documentary-fiction film, dedicated to the memory of Muhammad Yusuf. It was necessary to look through not only collections of poems of the poet, but also to read his diaries. In the work on the picture, I decided to move away from the established cliche in this genre and to focus not on creativity, but on the inner world of the poet. I tried to understand what disturbed him, what moved him throughout his life. The idea went successful: at the premiere I saw tears on the eyes of many spectators. For me it was a powerful experiment.”


Will you shoot other more documentaries?


“From this experience, I concluded that it is not mine. But if I have got a good material, I will definitely do the work.”


What about the work on the series in the format of a sitcom, a new genre not only for you, but for the entire film industry of Uzbekistan?


“This is a hard genre: every episode with characters should cause laughter. If you fail to cope with this task, you lose.


For me, participation in this project is also an experiment. I was tasked to start the project, to shoot the first series, and a team led by another person would continue it.”


In the work you prefer comedy, melodrama, youth cinema. Why?

“But in what other genre to work? I can not shoot Western films, because they are not of my type. In addition, my films are quite diverse. My first film ‘Abduhamid Chulpan’ is historical film, ‘Sevinch’ is melodrama, ‘Yurt’ is drama, ‘Kechikkan Hayot’ is psychological drama. They are all different, and I shoot what is close to me first. Otherwise there will be no dialogue with the spectator.”