Director and cameraman of Genesis 2.0 Maxim Arbugaev
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The Russian-Swiss documentary was awarded for camera work
MOSCOW, January 29. / TASS /. The Russian-Swiss documentary film Genesis 2.0 telling about mammoth bone collectors and researchers of extinct animals in the north of Yakutia received a special prize for the camera work of the world's largest festival of independent movies Sundance in the US. One of the directors and film operators Maxim Arbugaev told TASS on Monday.
"Our work was marked with a special prize at the Sundance Festival, held from January 18 to 28 in the USA, for camera work," he said, explaining that the film consists of two parts: the first part is about local inhabitants-hunters who search for tusks, and the second is dedicated to scientists who are exploring the world of extinct animals. The second part was filmed by the Swiss director Christian Frei, who also produced a film. "The world of hunters of mammoth tusks has been practically never seen; even the inhabitants of our republic have little idea of how this looks like. This is a film about people who are forced to search for mammoth tusks to survive in the North. Considering that there are not so many jobs in the north, people are forced to risk their lives, to go far from their families to search for mammoth tusks," explained Arbugaev, a fifth-year student of VGIK (Russian State University of Cinematography – TN), who spent two months on the archipelago of New Siberian Islands with seekers of mammoth tusks.
The young director was born and raised in the north of Yakutia - the village of Tiksi on the coast of the Laptev Sea, repeatedly shot short films about the Arctic. The film shows two overlapping worlds, says Arbugaev. "My partner Frei shot about genetics and cloning. And I wanted to show how local hunters and fishermen live depending on nature, and to show their inner world against the backdrop of the mighty Arctic, the traditions of the northern peoples," he said.
Maxim Arbugaev - director and cameraman in one person. "I like to take pictures myself, I like working with the camera. <...> When you come back to the Arctic after a big city, you feel differently. Contrast allows you to focus on the details, rather than superficially observe the world that you are shooting," he added. Sundance Film Festival is an international independent film festival. It is held in Park City (Utah) at the end of January each year. The organizer of the festival is the Sundance Institute, which is a non-profit organization that supports independent film and theater arts around the world.
The organizer of the festival is the Sundance Institute, which is a non-profit organization that supports independent film and theater arts around the world.