We recently took time out to chat to Alma Baimuratova about her upcoming short film ‘Bury The Silence’, before she jetted off to Cannes to showcase her film. We got to ask Alma all about her latest work and her passion for filmmaking.
Hi Alma, it’s great to meet you.
What does it mean for you to be able to share your film at Cannes?
The Festival de Cannes is my favorite festival. For me it’s a great opportunity.
Are there any nerves setting in ahead of the festival?
I’m just excited to see a lot of interesting films, to meet with new people and to share my film.
Well you couldn’t have picked a better place to do that.
How did the project come about?
I’m a Master of Fine Arts student at the New York Film Academy. My film “Bury the silence” is an Intermediate project.
Tell me a little bit about Bury The Silence, what can we expect?
It’s a drama about a daughter in her midlife crisis and her old mother. I was trying to use the visual language with less dialogues – metaphorically.
This sounds very interesting.
What was the inspiration behind your film?
The painting “The Three Ages of Man and Death” of the German artist Hans Baldung Grien.
What was the most challenging aspect of making a film?
That’s never easy!
Looking back is there anything you would do differently on this film?
I’m glad about my film. I had an amazing crew and talented cast, especially I want to thank my Director of Photography Konstantin Frolov.
Have you always been interested in filmmaking?
Cinema is my passion. Before filmmaking, I managed to work in other areas, which is good for the life experience.
What would you say as been the biggest lesson you have taken from making this film?
You write the film three times: you write it when you write it, you write it when you shoot it, and you write it when you cut it. It’s true. You have to be malleable, but keeping the basic premise.
That’s excellent advice.
Now you can be reflective what advice would you offer a fellow filmmaker?
One of my favorite French director Robert Bresson said: “Prefer what intuition whispers in your ear to what you have done and redone ten times in your head.”
And finally what do you hope people will take away from your film?
I hope each of them will understand my message and will make the right decision on time.
Thank you for taking time out to chat to us Alma, it really has been a pleasure speaking to you. Good luck with your film and also enjoy your trip to Cannes. I am sure you will have a great time.
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