Alexander Sokurov Not a Fan of Cinema

I’m not a fan of cinema, Alexander Sokurov, the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the
22 nd International Film Festival of Kerala. Adding that what he does is just his job, Sokurov told film
critic C S Venkiteswaran in a conversation at the Nila Theatre that he loves art and literature, and that
he is obsessed with the plethora of information that one can get from the museums. “I feel cleansed
after a visit, all the great things there makes me humble,” Sokurov said.
The world renowned Russian filmmaker stated that his countrymen are keen about India all the time,
and they have respect and fascination towards the country. India understands communism and
socialism, Sokurov said.
Pointing out that new technology makes the job of the director easier, he said that directors should
accept the technological shift.
The conversation began with the release of a book on Sokurov authored by K. Gopinathan. The first
copy was handed over by Kamal, Chairman, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, to Ramachandra
Babu, cinematographer. “You can just watch a film, but you can’t just read a book” added the
legendary filmmaker.