Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Hello Dmitri Frolovi, it’s a pleasure to have you with us for this interview. Congratulations on your award at last season of the “Indie World Film Festival”.

Q: Your new movie is “Moonlight People”; in a few words, what is it about?

A: My film is a free fantasy on the topic proposed by Vasily Rozanov in his essay of the early 20th century “People of the Moonlight”. Vasily Vasilievich Rozanov (April 20 [May 2] 1856, Vetluga, Kostroma Province — February 5, 1919, Sergiev Posad) was a Russian religious philosopher, literary critic, publicist and writer. Although Rozanov did not write works of art, his work is distinguished by a unique and untranslatable artistic style. “People of the Moonlight” is a treatise by Vasily Rozanov dedicated to the study of sexuality and its denial in Christianity. Published in St. Petersburg in 1911. The time and place of writing gave impetus to the style and visual solution of the film.

‘Moonlight People’ film poster

Q: When did you plan to do this film ?

A: This film, like almost all of my films, has been aged and bleached for years. My manner resembles winemaking, or more precisely, making a long-term cognac. The film was conceived in the last century, and was realized almost twenty years later!

Q: What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

A: My personal passion led me to filmmaking. It’s hard to say what exactly attracted me to the cinema? Perhaps it is the magic of highlighting the film and passing it through the film channel, creating the illusion of movement depicted on it. Perhaps a meeting in childhood with the crew of a big movie, the shooting of which I had the opportunity to watch during the whole summer month while at the dacha? However, it happened and hasn’t let me go until now!

Q: What can you tell us about your film work prior to this film?

A: I started making my first films back in the 70s of the last century. They were primitive and not conscious. Later came the realization of the seriousness of the process and the desire to say something by means of cinematography.

Q: Can you explain or tell us some of the important elements of this film that makes it interesting?

A: In my opinion, what makes the film interesting is the acting, unusual plot moves and successful stylization of cinematic surrealistic works by classics of the avant-garde cinema. But this, of course, is my point of view! It may be different from any other. The film was shot as a silent movie. The soundtrack to it was “The Poem of Ecstasy” — a symphonic poem by Alexander Scriabin, written in 1907. By the way, this year marks the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Q: How big was your team and what were the cameras that you used?

A: The film’s team consisted of literally a dozen like-minded people, including actors, rolling stock, photographer and makeup artist. In my film crew, everything costs minimal, since external financing is not provided. The film was shot on a 16 mm black-and-white Soviet negative of the company “Svema” with the Soviet Kinor film camera.

Q: Directors (and indeed actors) who inspire you and what are your favourite movies?

A: I love the whole world cinema without exception! As for this film of mine, there is no doubt that its inspirers were Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel with their “Andoluz Dog” and “Golden Age”, Maya Derain and Jean Cocteau, as well as Russian directors Yakov Protazanov and Evgeny Bauer.

Q: Where can people see your work?

A: You can see the film at film festivals. It is not yet in the free distribution. My films are for example here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfFhVSi3lY9wJj9notkrmag Or here: https://vimeo.com/dmitrfrolov

Q: What are your future projects?

A: My next project is also shot in the manner of a silent movie. He is also drawn into history and reflects on the themes of a century ago.

Q: Thank you for this very inspiring interview, Dmitri Frolov. Here at the “Indie World Film Festival” we look forward to seeing and appreciating your new film productions!

A: Thank you very much for your interest and attention, as well as for giving me a platform to communicate with the audience – for which everything is done!

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