Krasnodar, 10 July – Yug Times. Valeri Timoshchenko, film director, scriptwriter and cameraman, and president of Nikolai Minevrin Krasnodar Film Studio, is well-known far beyond Russia. His films about World War II, the Caucasus Natural Reserve, the Volga River, and the armed conflict in Donbas will leave unforgettable impressions on the viewers. All his shots are full of the human soul and the human fate, the man’s life and truth – all shown unadorned and unvarnished.
Timoshchenko has been to all hot spots: Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, Chechnya, South Ossetia; more than once he visited the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It was there where his films Two Battalion Commanders, The Solitary Paradise, and The Novel of Luhansk were born – One of his latest films – Don’t Shoot the Cameraman – recounts the details of the life of a documentary film director at unpredictable and merciless wars, that is the facts that always remain off-camera.
“If there’s a war somewhere and the journalist isn’t going there because he’s afraid, he is unsuitable for the profession,” says Timoshchenko.
Currently the Krasnodar Film Studio employs about a dozen people. In a year, they make several films by requests from Rostov-on-Don and Stavropol, as well as their own projects. Nearly every Timoshchenko’s film won grants and prizes of different national and international film competitions.
“It’s not film shooting or cutting that are the most difficult things in our trade – no, because these are technical things that anyone can learn. The main thing is to know how to write the scripts. We have a remarkable crew, and I am proud of my people who can shoot even better than I. They have more than once receive prizes of international contests. But I can see that they are lacking life experience to write high-quality scripts, able to touch people’s hearts. But I am confident that in due time they will be able to continue my work.”
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