IN THE RUBRIC "VIDEOTEKA" our heroines talk about their favorite films and TV shows - important, vivid, inspiring, those that are hard to forget once you see them. In this episode, screenwriter Liza Simbirskaya confesses her love for Robert Pattinson and tells who inspired her web series This Is Me.
INTERVIEW: Alisa Taezhnaya
PHOTOS: Ekaterina Starostina
MAKEUP: Irene Shimshilashvili
producer, author of the web series "This is Me"
Should there be action in the movie? There must be a tie in the movie, a climax
and the denouement? Should the movie be blah blah blah? Cinema can be anything
Judging by the list, in cinema I am attracted by stories about people who find themselves in the middle of a raging ocean of life and do not understand at all what to do. They can be completely unlucky, like the heroes of "Panic in Needle Park", or quite lucky, like the hero of "Somewhere", but they are equally unfriendly with a life that demands something of them, and they do not understand that and for what. They do not know how to adapt themselves to life, so that those around them feel good and they are normal.
On the other hand, this is a list about the author's courage. About breaking the rules of storytelling. I watched the movie "Cafe" Dons Plum " for a very, very long time, after school, but I still remember that all the way there people sit at the same table and talk. Sometimes they go to the toilet. Everything, nothing else happens. And yet this is some kind of unreal teenage drama. We are taught that cinema is primarily about actions, not dialogues. I very often think of Spike Jonze's best adaptation movie and the famous scene where Charlie Kaufman comes to a screenwriting workshop and McKee yells to him from the stage: "And God forbid you start using a voiceover." And the film "Adaptation" is all built on a voiceover. All these rules must be violated, otherwise the cinema will freeze and we will forever watch "Bohemian Rhapsody" or "Green Book" - a movie from the past.
On the third hand, this is a list of people who inspire me. This is Robert Pattinson, who found the directors Safdie himself and with their help relaunched his career. Natasha Lyonne, who relaunched her career by making her entire series. The guys who were filming the web series High Delivery with their own money until HBO bought them. In short, all these people keep me strong in the most difficult moments.
Miguel Arteta, 2001
"Sundance" film, and this says a lot about him - I watched it recently and he sunk into my soul. Jennifer Aniston fights against the monotony, predestination and stinginess of being in a small town. He wants a fun life and gets so much of it that you can't cook a pot. After this film, I realized what I want to write my full-length script about - about the feeling that life is passing you by. It is very familiar to me, so I want to free myself from it by transferring it to the screen - if it is, of course, possible.
Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie, 2017
This is not a movie - this is a bomb. I saw him at the festival and couldn't speak for another hour. Most interestingly, I didn't know who Robert Pattinson was. That is, I knew - here he was filming with Cronenberg - but I had no idea that he was the love of a billion women. In Good Time, he plays a disgusting and at the same time bewitching person, and plays in a way that I have not seen for a long time. And six months later I accidentally watched five episodes of "Twilight" on TV while hungover at home - and, naturally, fell in love. I'm just a man, what do you want?
So I started googling Robert Douglas Pattinson madly. I learned all about him, including how he essentially relaunched his career with Good Time. He himself found the directors of the Safdie brothers, wrote to them himself, raised money for the film, promoted it and achieved what he wanted - he became a star of an underground strange cinema.
Sofia Coppola, 2010
The film, the soundtrack to which I listened to when I was writing my graduation script at VGIK: nothing helped me to tune in to the right wave better than this music. I passed the analysis of "Somewhere" at the final exam in drama. Only a lazy teacher did not tell me that this is not the most optimal work for dramatic analysis, because there are no obvious twists, no strictly outlined external and internal conflicts, or vivid characters. In fact, everything is there. And if something is not there, then it is not needed. This is the perfect movie.
Jerry Schatzberg, 1971
Panic in Needle Park
I looked at it at the Moscow International Film Festival, which is famous not for its competitive program, but for its retrospectives. The film was shown in a small hall of the Oktyabr cinema and even almost from film. From him I had about the same feeling as seven years later from "Good Time" - by the way, I'm sure that the Safdie brothers were inspired by this film when they shot their first full-length film. In fact, this is a very simple story about young people with drug addiction. And there are hundreds of such stories in the cinema. But only here the young Al Pacino plays. And he doesn't even act - he literally lives on the screen. He is this film.
Kira Muratova, 1971
This film was written by my VGIK master, a man who taught me to understand cinema at least a little - playwright Natalya Borisovna Ryazantseva. And she shot one for the whole world, the unique Kira Georgievna Muratova. Before entering Ryazantseva's workshop, I read this script three times. This is, first of all, very good literature. And in the second - an incredible movie.
I tried to repeat in the script of my web series “This is Me” a scene from the finale (it did not work, and this is for the better), where the heroine of Zinaida Sharko, to the song “The Lonely Sail Whitens”, does not want to give indulgences to the impudent spectators in the theater who took her place … And then he sobs. And her son Sasha says the main words that she dreamed of hearing, but as soon as he hears, she understands how stupid they are. I always cry in this place with Charcot in three streams. I can't imagine how it was possible to show the relationship between mother and child so subtly and accurately, as Ryazantseva and Muratova did. These are some kind of unique hearing and sight.
Nigina Sayfullaeva, 2017
This is not a Larry Clark film, this is the pilot of the series by playwright Lyuba Mulmenko and director Nigina Sayfullaeva. A couple of years ago, TV3 and KinoPoisk launched a project in which viewers and professionals had to choose the pilot of the series they want to see on the air. The series "Kids" won, and it is clear why. It was about youth, about insolence, about true love, about the most interesting in life and the most difficult to convey in cinema. It was modern, cliché-free and eerily recognizable. It was really the perfect modern day show. I'm sorry to tears that this pilot doesn't have a sequel.
Lena Dunham, 2012-2017
This is not to say that all the seasons of Girls were equally good, but the fact that this is one of the main youth series of the decade is for sure. The episode where Hannah got a job at GQ to pay her rent and write a book in the evenings (and actually sleep exhausted after work) is about me. I am very grateful to Lena Dunham for her frankness, for her fortitude, for her series.
Ben Sinclair, Katya Blikfeld, 2012–…
High with delivery
But this is my direct and main inspirer. When I saw these five-minute episodes, filmed in the apartments of friends with friends in the lead roles, but collecting thousands of views, I thought that I also want to. Thanks to the authors. They showed that there is no need to be afraid of anything, you just need to take it and do it, and then it will be clear how things will turn out. For them, it turned into a contract with HBO. Well, I continue to fight.
Natasha Lyonne, Leslie Hadland, Amy Poehler
In addition to the fact that this is a very good series, it is also an amazing willpower of one person - the author of the idea and the performer of the main role. Natasha Lyonne made everyone talk about themselves in excellent shape.For me, she and her series are an illustration of the phrase "if you want to do well, do it yourself." This is my motto for some time now. It seems to me that more and more women around the world are coming to the same conclusion. And this is no accident.
R.D. Robb, 2000
Cafe "Dons Plum"
The first time I saw him after school, and the other day I reviewed him - and he is just as good. A film in which teenagers sit at a cafe table for an hour and a half and test each other for strength, knock out support from each other, prove their superiority, try to be kings and queens of the night, and eventually go home at dawn.
Should there be action in the movie? Should there be a plot, a climax and a denouement in the movie? Should there be a hero in the movie that you want to follow? Should the movie be blah blah blah? The movie can be anything you like. You can wrap up a story in two hours with a bunch of events - and it won't be a movie. Or you can show a couple of teenagers led by Leonardo DiCaprio - and it will be a movie. Cinema is such a strange thing - you will never understand what makes it alive and real.