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Interview With Marina Sark the Director, Writer & Producer of the Film Nobody, Nowhere, Never

Nobody, Nowhere, Never won Best Short Film - Less then $5000 Award in the 5th Season of MP Film Award Marina Sark Director, Writer & Producer of the Film Nobody, Nowhere, Never agree to interview with us.

Marina Sark

Marina Sark: I was born in the Russian city of Mtsensk. I graduated from the Faculty of Philology of Oryol State University. During the following decade I worked as a journalist and editor of print and electronic media. In 2007 I graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), receiving honors for script writing.

I was the screenwriter for: feature films "One War" (2009, this movie has more than 30 international film awards), "I've had enough!" (2015, with co-authors I. Rumyantseva and Yu. Ivanov), “Aisse” (2021); documentary "The Ghost of Black Death" (2008); TV series "The Rules of the Masquerade" (2011), "The Means of Death" (2012), "A Reflection of the Rainbow" (2016), "The Petersburg Novel" (2018, with V. Moskalenko as co-author) and other. As a screenwriter, I'm known as Marina Sasina.

My debut as a director and producer was in 2018, when I directed the short film «Nobody, Nowhere, Never», from my own script. To date, the film has received 65 official selections of international film festivals and 45 awards.

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Poster Nobody, Nowhere, Never

About the Film: Synopsis: Nobody, Nowhere, Never Film Synopsis:

"Nobody, Nowhere, Never" is a parable about life and death. It is a meditation on who we are and which paths we take in life as we navigate the labyrinthsoffate.

The main character is a regular human being, neither more nor less than that. He experienced love and hate, he was brave and did wrongs, he knew happiness and felt out of place among people around him... just like most of us do.

Synopsis: The main character is a soldier who has gone through several wars, how ever today he is a mere criminal and is fleeing from justice. The man has lost everything: his house, his family, even his own name.

Ending up in an empty house where he finds shelter, the protagonist spends time by him self and take store collecting the past. He decides to stop fighting and gives up.

However, it turns out that the place and everything that surrounds him, as well as his sole interlocutor in that house, all have played a role in his life - until the moment he died.

Who is this man? Is he a criminal or a victim? A winner or a loser? Part of someone's game or the one writing his own rules? The protagonist should find answers to these questions before departing the house...

What was your drive behind making this film?

Marina Sark: Unfortunately, the reason for the creation of this film was the loss. My mother is dead. I tried to create a parable about human life and dedicated this film to the memory of my mother.

How you feel when you are awarded with the MP FILM AWARD Award?

Marina Sark: I am very happy and grateful to the organizers of the MP FILM AWARD and the audience, who highly appreciated the work of our small film group.

Can you tell us about the greatest moment during shooting this film?

Marina Sark: I think the brightest moment was the huge maze that we trampled in deep snow - step by step, without a diagram or preparation.

How rigorously did you stick to the script whiles hooting?

Marina Sark: Strictly. However, in the final stage, several scenes were cut. But any film is based on a script. And you need to rely on it, I am absolutely sure of that.

Where there any on set problems during the filming of the film & how did you deal with it?

Marina Sark: The biggest problem was the frost. We filmed several scenes in a snowy field. The members of the film crew were dressed quite warmly, and the actor Vladimir Eryomin was in a summer suit. We were all very worried about him, so we did the "snow scenes" not in 6 hours, but in 3 hours.

Do you have any advice for young filmmaker out there? Or like yourself?

Marina Sark: Do not invite anyone you are not sure about to join the team. They will definitely not help you implement your idea.

Do you think it is essential to go to a film institute in order to become a successful filmmaker?

Marina Sark: I believe that studying at a film institute is the shortest way to become a director. Study the production, learn to work with the actors and the script. Of course, all this knowledge can be gleaned from books or the Internet. But the institute has a professional environment, like-minded people, a vision of goals and ambitions. The success of any film depends on good work and interesting stories for the public.

Which film has inspired you the most?

Marina Sark: “Amarcord” by Federico Fellini.

Which particular filmmaker has influenced you the most?

Marina Sark: Andrey Tarkovsky.

Which book would you love to make a film out of one day?

Marina Sark: «Across the River and into the Trees» by Ernest Hemingway.

If you got the opportunity to go back in time & change something in any particular movie of yours, then which movie & what changes will you opt for?

Marina Sark: I’m for the past to remain in the past. I don't want to go back there. It's the same with films. I prefer to make new ones, taking into account my previous experience.

If you were to shoot the film again, what would you do differently?

Marina Sark: I would try to increase the budget.

What is your greatest achievement till date?

Marina Sark: Not thinking about work when not working. Hopefully the biggest professional achievement is yet to come.

How do you pick yourself up after a failed film?

Marina Sark: I am a professional filmmaker, so I understand that my stories and my ideas are not close to everyone. To be honest, everyone's approval is not important to me. It is enough to know yourself that the film has turned out.

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