A pensive Russian film will be screened at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, in parallel to the official competition, in the Un Certain Regard program which focuses on works that have an original aim and aesthetic.
The Hunter, from the philosophical Georgia-born director Bakur Bakuradze, relates to an ordinary Russian man, Ivan, leading a rural life, working, loving, existing.
Bakuradze was quoted as saying that he wanted to make a film about “a man’s love of soil, of his daughter, to a woman, to the past generation.”
The challenge was to “watch a person who lives on his own soil, and is dependent entirely on himself. He kills, he creates and takes responsibility for his world.”
“We are living in the state of permanent compromise. Our entire existence is based on considering our conditions of living. A modern rural person, however, doesn’t have that many opportunities to be free and to create, to have a clear conscience and trust his feelings, trust himself. A person nowadays shifts part of the responsibility on to the society, his upbringing, or whoever but himself. It’s a very practical excusatory approach. ‘It’s not us, it’s life! Or, ‘I’m like everyone else’. These are horrible catchphrases. If a person doesn’t want to be part of common perplexity, if he is eager to get in touch with himself through his own thought, to give oneself a right to feel guilty, to feel, to trust, to commit acts, then this person can become a hero. It’s heroism shaping up during one’s entire life, an act hidden in monotony,” the director told Seans film magazine.