MY OBSESSIONS STAND BEHIND MY FILMS
workshop with Emir Kusturica Emir Kusturica’s student film Guernica from 1978 was shown on the third day of the festival as part of the Evergreen programme. After the screening, Kusturica held a workshop for the Damned Yard cinema that was overflowing with guests and visitors of the festival who came to hear what the “Professor,” as those close to him address him, had to say. Speaking about his student work, Kusturica emphasized that a good movie comes from a good idea and that young directors, regardless of how good their movies are formally, most often make mistakes when they equate the script, idea, and the filming itself: - Many young film makers are “stopped” and after their studies, they don’t manage to make a movie because they are under the illusion that writing and filming a movie is the same. Kusturica explained that filming a movie needs to contain a personal, hidden architecture and that all its rule actually have to do with the creative process and achieving your personal cinematic tongue. He also pointed out the difference between realism and reality, paraphrasing Dostoyevsky who said that realism is the most fantastic interpretation of reality. Among the most interesting student questions was about the manner in which this noted director manages to create a “good atmosphere” resembling a never-ending party, that makes his movies recognizable. - The way that I make a movie is the way that I live. My obsessions stand behind my films. If you can’t feel a film and its emotions you can’t expect others to feel them or for them to appear on the screen,” said Kusturica and added that the audience that watches his movies needs to be happy and shaken from reality in an instant. At the end of the workshop, Emir Kusturica said that he is sure that Kustendorf and other festivals similar to it will defend the dignity of film in its true blend of art and entertainment.