10 Favorite Films Of The Producer And Owner Of The "Golden Mask" Anya Makhova

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10 Favorite Films Of The Producer And Owner Of The "Golden Mask" Anya Makhova
10 Favorite Films Of The Producer And Owner Of The "Golden Mask" Anya Makhova

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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, the producer and owner of the Golden Mask, Anya Makhova, admits that sleeping while watching films is not bad at all, and crying even more so.

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PHOTOS: Ekaterina Starostina

MAKEUP: Irene Shimshilashvili

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Anya Makhova

Producer, program director, winner of the Golden Mask for the opera Francis

Buñuel and his crazy bunch are like

my friends.

I'm interested in imagining

how would i chat with him

by phone

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During my school and student years, I practiced sleep deprivation (this is when, for example, you sleep every two days and this supposedly expands your consciousness) and watched tons of movies. Thus, I have formed a kind of skeleton of love for cinema. Moreover, it is the skeleton: life seemed to be still unconscious.

I could watch some films several times in a row. As a child, I did this to Tarkovsky and, probably, to Bunuel. It is very important for me to watch movies: I almost never pay attention to the general line and more often than not I do not remember it. On the screen, I look, for example, in some corner or pay attention to completely imperceptible gestures. It's like in life - it also consists of nuances, and not of these supposedly events.

Then there was no time, and for some period I did not watch a movie. And finally, a few years ago, justice was done and my beloved friend Maya appeared in my life. Maya has watched every movie ever made and tells me what to watch. He speaks, and does not advise: you will not spoil with her. It is important that she chooses films not based on her taste (absolutely great), but delves into my mood and state - her advice always hits the spot. The list of films below consists in half of my childhood memories and what I watch on Maya's orders.

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Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1967

King Oedipus

This is a film from my childhood. In fact, I saw how Pasolini, obviously not knowing me, created a world out of my fantasies and ideas about beauty. For some reason, it seemed to me that it was only in my head, and here you are looking at the screen, and here it is: from music to turns of the head. In general, all ancient Greek mythology is very important for me: I am an absolute pagan and I consider it the only adequate structure of thinking - I feel comfortable and cozy in it. Surprisingly, I am probably changing somehow, but the attitude towards this film does not change at all - it is as the basis of the foundations and the meaning of all meanings.

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Luis Buñuel, 1962

Exterminating angel

This is also a film from my childhood: I have definitely watched it thirty times, if not more. The best film about the worthlessness of worthless existence, much more accurate and subtle than The Modest Charm of the Bourgeoisie. In general, the whole Bunuel and his crazy bunch are like my friends. It's interesting for me to imagine how I would chat with him on the phone.

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Derek Jarman, 1993

Wittgenstein

There is a very strange story with this film - I watched it in a dream. At the same time, all night long I would wake up and rewind and fall asleep again, and then wake up again and again, rewind and fall asleep. Brilliant movie! In general, it is often difficult for me to go from wakefulness to sleep and vice versa, and if I fall asleep somewhere or with someone during the film, it means that this is it. An incredibly beautiful film. And I read Wittgenstein himself recently, and also - absolutely my man. His every thought echoed in me - it seems that I have never made so many notes after reading.

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Ingmar Bergman, 1980

From the life of puppets

I'm watching it now and for some reason I can't finish watching it: I watch in pieces for 10-15 minutes, sometimes repeating pieces. I love Bergman. It gives me what I call an intellectual orgasm.And always so calm and with such dignity. As if all the other directors are capricious children, and Bergman is a calm adult who raises them and at the same time does not climb into the soul of anyone. I adore, I adore, I adore.

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Luchino Visconti, 1969

Death of the gods

Also one of the pillars. Once, as a child, my mother told me about fascism and radiation - and since then I have felt an animal fear of both. That is, when I read or watch something about fascism, I literally sob, and if I suddenly meet everyday fascism among my contemporaries, I really start to feel sick. I am very grateful to my mother for this property of mine, it is somehow true. “The Death of the Gods” we just watched for the first time with her and wept together. An unforgettable feeling is to cry with your mother.

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Billy Wilder, 1957

Love in the afternoon

A gorgeous film with a young Audrey Hepburn, she's like a little fawn there. Absolutely sexist cinema, like the whole cinema of the twentieth century. You start laughing from the first second and the whole movie does not stop. And the end - I will not talk about it, it is better to see for yourself - just stunning in its predictability. Everything is like a textbook - perfect.

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Alexey German, 1998

Khrustalev, a car!

One of the films we watched during the filming of Dow, where I worked. We had an educational program for employees: we gathered in the director's office with the whole team and watched a cool movie. And then they talked about it or didn't talk - whoever wants it. After this film, I could not speak. It feels like a stone inside me, which got there and will never come out. This is a brick.

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Alejandro Jodorowski, 1973

Holy mountain

Once I call my friend Nora on the phone, and we decide whether to go to see some movie or go to eat - well, in general, to meet. I leaf through the film program for that day, and here, priests, at the very end of the list of events for the day I notice the film "Holy Mountain", which will be shown in the big hall "35 mm" in the evening. We go into the hall, where besides us, there are seven or eight people, probably the maximum - and then Jodorowski himself comes on stage and talks for an hour about his film, about John Lennon, about Dune, about life in general. We were simply pushed into the chairs - we could not move. And then after the show I saw him in the foyer, but since I was still little, for some reason I was afraid to approach him. For a long time "The Holy Mountain" was for me something akin to psychotherapy: I watched it in difficult moments of not understanding myself and after watching it everything fell into place.

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Paul King, 2014 and 2017

"The Adventures of Paddington" and "The Adventures of Paddington - 2"

I watched Paddington-2 with my daughter Ivanka at the cinema and at the end, as expected, cried. When I realized that the cartoon is a masterpiece, it was my turn to watch the first part. I constantly review it when I'm sad and want to wrap myself up comfortably and feel safe at home. I continue to cry over Paddington: once I watched it with several children, and they all laughed that I was crying - but I can’t help myself.

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