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Pavel Longuine

Italian previwe of “Tsar” at the Ischia Film Festival

(Ischia, July 7, 2010) “It is not just a film about Ivan the Terrible” Pavel Lounguine said, career Coral Ciak at the eighth edition of the Ischia Film Festival, “but about absolute power trying to become divine. “Tsar,” although set in the sixteenth century, speaks undoubtedly about present times. But not about Vladimir Putin: Ivan the Terrible would never spend his holidays in Sardinia with friends.”


“Tsar”, conceived and directed by Pavel Lounguine, has been premiered in Ischia during the Festival and is about the reign of terror roused by the first Tsar of Russia in 1565, after the defeat inflicted by the Poles. “The film is very tough,” Lounguine confesses, “we will never be able to express the real cruelty and violence of those times. Entire populations were ready to endure the worst tortures and give up their lives in defense of values for which nobody is willing to fight today. The problem is no longer political, but concerns the inner life, the existence and is difficult to resolve.” During the Festival, another work by the Russian (but French naturalized) director will also be presented: “L’isola – Ostrov” (“The Island – Ostrov”) (2006), a powerful reflection on the relationship between State and faith. “A story,” according to Lounguine, “about feelings such as shame, sin and the loss of oneself, about how a man feels when facing serious existential problems. I'm happy to be in Ischia and show my films in this beautiful scenery. Both are historical movies, and presenting them here, at the Aragonese Castle, within these walls and under this sky, is just perfect.”

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