Director: Aleksei Balabanov
Writer: Aleksei Balabanov
Cast: Oleg Garkusha , Alexander Mosin , Yury Matveyev , Alice Shitikova , Alexei Balabanov , Peter Balabanov (II)Awards :
Press award Film Festival of CIS countries, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia "Kinoshock", Anapa (Russia), 2012
Best Cinematography Aleksandr SIMONOV , Film Festival of CIS countries, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia "Kinoshock", Anapa (Russia), 2012
Award of Young critics "Golos" Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2012
Emphasizing the new quality of his film, Balabanov described Me Too as belonging to a “completely new genre” (ITAR-TASS 2012) At the film’s premier at the 69th Venice Festival, Balabanov characterized the genre of the film as “fantastic realism” (Kartsev 2012). According to the interview, the director does not mean this new genre to be simply a combination of realistic and fantastic details, but rather a kind of documentary style. All roles in the film are played by non-professional actors. Of course, Balabanov used non-professional actors in his earlier films. For example, the cast of Stoker for the most part consisted of actors with no formal training. However, in Me Too, this quality of Balabanov’s films is taken to a new level. Thus, the actors’ roles correspond to their activities in real life, Balabanov plays a director and the rock musician Oleg Garkusha plays a rock musician. Balabanov explained that everybody plays themselves, drawing on their personal experiences. Similarly, the dialogue was largely suggested by the actors themselves, where even the smallest of anecdotes told during the film supposedly happened in real life. Similarly, the film’s director of photography, Aleksandr Simonov, stated in an interview that most of the film was shot in a documentary style (Shavlovskii 13 Dec. 2012).
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