Dariusz Jabłoński about intellectual films (OIFF)
Polish film director and producer, president of his own production company, Apple Film Productions, and one of the leading independent producers in Poland visited Odessa International Film Festival and shared his experience of being independent in Eastern European countries.
His first statement was “I am Eastern European and I´m very proud of it.” This words were said in order to dispel hopes of young filmmakers about possible support of the EU countries to Polish film industry. Such countries as France, Great Britain etc. are quite reserved and avoid cooperation with weaker developed (in context of film industry) countries.
So the first advise from Dariusz Jabłoński to Eastern Europeans film makers, directors , I would even add politicians: cooperation with neighbour-countries. He gave a few examples of his personal experience: once he has started shooting movies and investing Check films. As a result he got a good product, excellent relations with the neighbour and a return favour.
But as the proverb says “the moon has two sides”, so did Dariusz Jabłoński underlined what was good/bad in co-productions
The second advise: If You don`t have money, but You have ideas, start with a documentary.
“This is quite good and important school. I do believe in documentaries, they exercise a great democratic role. One of the filmmaker´s duties is to reveal and cover the stories that were concealed.”
-they reveal unknown stories;
– observe and investigate transformations
– build a Citizen Society;
– reveal the most difficult issues internationally
If you want to make a movie abroad, it is easier to film a documentary. At first, it is cheaper, and secondly, language is not so important in a documentary.
The third advise: It`s better to be poor but intelligent.
“Ukraine reminds me now the Poland of the early 90’s. I am sure that in 15 years, Ukraine will be quite different, the economy will develop. But in order to overcome the current crisis, you have to screen documentaries. You should educate people; you have to show the hidden truth. “
We are still dealing with the past – said Jabłoński. But if You touch the past, be ready to have a lot of enemies.
“Only strong nations can look back on their history and admit their mistakes.” But that is why documentaries are worth of doing.
Dariusz Jabłoński also spoke about some other kinds of films.
Conclusion about being an independent director in Eastern Europe: Making art house movies requires much more effort than you imagine, and brings a lot less satisfaction than you hoped it would bring. That’s my golden saying, based on my 25-year experience of independent producing and directing movies.