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'Alexander Sokurov Not a Fan of Cinema'

Web Desk‌Updated: Tuesday Dec 12, 2017

Alexander Sokurov on a vist to Fort Police Station

Thiruvananthapuram >I’m not a fan of cinema, Alexander Sokurov, the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala. Adding that what he does is just his job, Sokurov told film critic C S Venkiteswaran in a conversation at the Nila Theatre that he loves art and literature, and that he is obsessed with the plethora of information that one can get from the museums. “I feel cleansed after a visit, all the great things there makes me humble,” Sokurov said.

The world renowned Russian filmmaker stated that his countrymen are keen about India all the time, and they have respect and fascination towards the country. India understands communism and socialism, Sokurov said.

Pointing out that new technology makes the job of the director easier, he said that directors should accept the technological shift.

The conversation began with the release of a book on Sokurov authored by K. Gopinathan. The first copy was handed over by Kamal, Chairman, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, to Ramachandra Babu, cinematographer. “You can just watch a film, but you can’t just read a book” added the legendary filmmaker.