One of the festival nights was best remembered for the meeting with Catalan film director Isidor Lorca. After screening one of his first films “Four sailors” shot in Lloret de Mar in 1981, the discussion followed. The director was recounting the most interesting moments of his creative work.
There was an abundance of curiosity aroused by the story of the golden decade from 1974 to 1984 when first motion pictures in erotic genre appeared in Spain and achieved great success. It is interesting that out of 49 movies, 39 in his filmography were devoted to this genre. Behind each film there was practical interest: the general budget of a motion picture was at that time about 6.000 euros, and the profit was about 30.000 euros. Of course, it was necessary to consider censorship requirements. So, for example, the first viewers of any film were always police officers who not only carried out security function, but also observed social morals were upheld. The display of a nude man was a taboo at that time, maximum nudity was in swimming trunks or a view from the back, while a nude woman was perceived as normal. According to those requirements the above-mentioned film was made. In the film you can find sailors dreaming about holidays, nightclubs and entertainment but more importantly the old Lloret de Mar. It may be said that due to his experience, Isidor Lorca received a proposal from the national tv channel “Antena Tele5” to made a documentary about the origin of erotic cinema.
On Wednesday night there was a meeting with Russian-Spanish director Algis Arlauskas who is known to our viewers as the leading man in Leonid Gaidai's film "Sportloto-82". After graduating from Drama School by Boris Shchukin, he was working in youth theatre and acting in films. Arlauskas began his studies in the faculty of documentary cinema which became his passion for the rest of his life.
About 20 years ago, the actor left for the historical homeland of his ancestors – the Basque Country. His father is Lithuanian, and his mother is Spanish, as a child of war, she arrived to Russia in the 30’s. For this reason, Arlauskas was always closely connected with Spain. At this moment he teaches at Bilbao drama school and is the director of documentary films, whose pieces of work are awarded in the following festivals "Cinema without Barriers", "Stalker", "Gold Knight ".
At the beginning of the meeting with the film director they displayed a portion from "Sportloto-82" which was number five in the filmography of the actor/director. The film "Shipboy from Northern Fleet" became the first milestone on his way to filmmaking. During the conversation, Arlauskas shared with the participants his views on cinematographic art, which "is not divided into Spanish and Russian, but is simply divided into bad and good". The definition of cinema which the director sticks to is also very interesting: if the theater is changing freely and continually, without reproducing in detail the same performance, the cinema is similar to "frozen time" which preserves any time span, again and again immersing the viewer in the same atmosphere.
Living in Spain for more than ten years, Arlauskas and his family, never lost touch with Russia. The director considers himself "as the Russian director working in Spain, but for Russia". The confirmation of his words is his film "Party" (“The top secret woman ") which was released at the end of 2010, was made for the 90th anniversary of the Foreign Intelligence Service. The motion picture tells us about the destiny of the legendary Spanish intelligence agent África de las Heras Gavilán. Estrella Zapatero, Manuel Fullola, Alexey Potapkin acted in the film as well as the spouse of the director, Marina Shimanskaya, who is known to the Russian viewer from the following motion pictures "Take care of women", " Flying Squadron of Hussars" and "34-fast". In the center of this historical and biographic film there is a story of a woman drafted by the Russian Intelligence Service, whose all reports were signed by the pseudonym "Party" and all her actions had been secret and confidential up to this point.
Her quiet life remained in 1937 when the girl was enlisted by foreign intelligence service of the USSR. The Spanish Mata Hari worked in difficult situations and carried out the most secret and responsible tasks of the administration. The viewer learns that the heroine Party was in Leon Trotsky's inner circle in order to destroy the opponent of the party.
In spite of the fact that the film was screened on the main Russian TV channel with big success, the director was not completely satisfied with his work. Algis still dreams of making a Directors Cut where he could show the scenes which were not included and allow the main character to speak Spanish as it was originally planned.
Meeting the participants of the Festival 2012