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“Our cinema can be great”: actor Yevgeny Berezovsky – about Russian films, patriotism and love

Date: August 13, 2022 3:02 pm

Theater and film actor Yevgeny Berezovsky will take part in the international film festival “Ascent to the Origins”, which will be held in Moscow from July 28 to 31. The day before, the artist told Evening Moscow about his prophetic poem, his illusions and his attitude towards deceased artists.

— Eugene, what is the main idea of ​​the festival?

— To remind Muscovites and guests of the capital of our roots. The festival will show films directed to our past. And on July 31, at the closing, the public will see my film, shot with a mobile. This film about the Russian people is dedicated to the writer and director Vasily Shukshin. It’s kind of a village joke. Do you remember Shukshin’s films “Stove Shops”, “Lives such a guy”? My film is about the same simple and charming people.

– You work in the Spiritual Theater “Glas”. What does “spiritual theater” mean?

— I believe that all theaters are originally spiritual. Stanislavsky said that an actor must recreate the life of the human spirit on stage. But in Soviet times, many spiritual issues receded into the background. There was a universal morality. Our theater is a reminder that man is directly connected to God. The most unique thing about The Voice are the actors, incredibly talented and, what is especially valuable, decent! There is wonderful literature here. And the actors have the opportunity to try on any role. I came to Glas in 2019 and within a year I was introduced to the lead roles in eight features.

– You are playing in the production of “The name of Russia – Alexander Nevsky.” His theater, the only one in Moscow, responded to the anniversary of the commander. How important is it to revive patriotic feelings now?

– Patriotism should be an integral part of education, regardless of the political situation. In the USSR, all the cinema remembered what the Motherland is. Have you noticed that now many people write this word with a lowercase letter? That scares me. I painfully perceive the devaluation of key values. I think the viewer should leave the theater with a feeling, if not pride, at least warmth, thinking about what kind of country he has, what kind of ancestors.

– In the play “Burning Letters”, where you play, a love drama unfolds. Could you forgive a girl who promised to be yours forever, but she married someone else? What do you value in a relationship?

— The same honesty and purity. If they are, there is nothing to fear. And lies destroy the union. I was in a similar situation when I was a student. I forgave the girl for treason, but two years later everything happened again. I understood: it was necessary to forgive and let go of a person, and not build something on the ruins. Although I heard stories of how someone forgave, everything turned out fine. Apparently, everyone has their way in love. I think betrayal can be forgiven, but you have to live apart.

– You have an education as a screenwriter. Is this a good ground for improvisation in the frame, on stage?

The stage and the cinema are two different things. In film, the director and partners often inspire creativity. So, in the “Brigade” I had a small role. I ended up on the frame with Andrei Panin, and we had the idea to sing a song, not according to the script. Andrei played along with me, we immediately understood each other. And thanks to the director for letting me. There is improvisation in the theater, but within the framework of a drawing constructed by the director. Yes, there is live communication with partners, the feeling of the audience in the room, but the organic one is different. There have always been few actors who truly live the life of a hero on stage. But still, there are artists who manage to magically turn into another person for two hours.

— Does modern Russian cinema have any advantages over Western cinema?

“We have a lot to be proud of. The Soviet period, which is now criticized by many, was very strong in cinema, despite censorship. And in recent years we have become obsessed with American cinema. The greatest illusion was created, a beacon that became a ghostly guide for our directors. There was a feeling that the cinema created in our country could not be great. But is not! Of the new films, I can single out “A couple from the future”, “One”. This is the pride of our cinema. And maybe it’s a good thing there isn’t such a flood of Hollywood movies. He promotes a well-nourished life and our movies are about the human spirit.

– Some artists leave the country. Others support the special operation, talk to the wounded. Which position is closest to you?

– The homeland should never be betrayed: neither in times of peace, nor during some kind of cataclysm. Imagine: I live with my mother, she had a fight with a rich and cool neighbor. Should I leave my mother and go to a neighbor, because she has more money? Or your mom is sick. Should she put her in a nursing home? Homeland is mother. When they leave her, one must understand what kind of dough the runaway hare is made of, why did she run away, from difficulties, for a long ruble? Or does she not care at all? Now people take off their mask, show their essence.

– There are actors who get so used to the role that they barely say goodbye to it. You got it?

— I try to believe in the proposed circumstances. The main thing is an honest and clean connection. You fill the container called “role” with your inner content, nature.

– On February 20, he posted a poem on the social network with the words: “We fight in different ways, sometimes with a word, sometimes with a spear.” Did you soon feel that it was prophetic?

– Maybe. But I wrote about Alexander Nevsky. We rehearsed the performance, emotions flooded us, and a poem was born. Four days later, he started a special operation. Poetry for me is a spontaneous process. I think this is something from above, from God, and a person’s business is just to write it down. I don’t know, maybe it’s a coincidence.


Evgeny Berezovsky was born on June 12, 1972 in Alma-Ata, studied at the directing department of the Alma-Ata Theater and Art Institute, at the acting department of the Shchukin Theater School and at the script department of VGIK . He worked at the Youth Theater, since 2019, at the Glas Theater. He starred in popular television series and movies.

The priest did not bless

Eugene studied at the VGIK screenwriting department. His first script, a New Year’s comedy, was read by Eldar Ryazanov. The film was planned to shoot in 2000, but did not find the finances. Then there was the script for the movie “Pontius Pilate”, which Nikita Mikhalkov planned to shoot. The director decided to receive the blessing of Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov, but he did not bless the shooting. And recently, Berezovsky shot a short film based on his own script, “Here’s Your Time”, dedicated to Vasily Shukshin, in three days.

Big role

Yevgeny Berezovsky became a laureate of the Altar of the Fatherland festival for his role in the documentary Brother and Sister. He played in it the role of a pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union Konstantin Averyanov. “This is a pilot with a unique destiny. And the theme of the Great Patriotic War is very close to me,” says the actor. Previously, Berezovsky played in the film “The Ballad of the Undefeated”, about how a teenager makes a film about Averyanov. Then the actor got the role of the boy’s father.

about staff

A priest introduced Berezovsky to his ex-wife, but they did not live together for a long time. The breakup was tough. Now Yevgeny Berezovsky does not allow journalists to enter his personal life, he does not say anything about it. But he has a wedding ring on his hand.

Fighting spirit

Eugene has been involved in sports since he was 16 years old. He has a blue belt in karate. His sports experience was useful in the profession, for example, participating in staged fights in the film “Shooter”. And yet, by playing sports, Eugene brought out mental strength. The actor recalls that the movie ‘One’ was recently released, where he starred in a very vivid episode. Eugene went to see it at the cinema, but that same episode was not shown, it was a big surprise. “I write to the director: ‘Dima, where am I?’ — recalls the artist. – And he replies: “Zhenya, your episode on the TV channel was cut.” – The strength of sportsmanship helped to survive this blow. He will be other movies, other roles.”


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