A note on how animal scenes were handled:
I'm not using any external sources for this section and I'm not a professional, but I think there was no animal cruelty present in the film.
The sled dog was well cared for (though he (according to the credits "Hector") did struggle through the snow somewhat), and hunted animals were dead long before the scene.
The rabbit was a carcass as well as the white fox that was partially skinned onscreen. There were no signs of life in either animal, I imagine carcasses were used for filming.
The reindeer that was "hit" by the truck was visibly breathing and the small bit of blood on the road was far less then what would be seen if it was really hit by a truck. I imagine its only discomfort was getting loaded on the truck partly onscreen, still, it was tied securely preventing any injuries to the animal.
The animals being hunted were part of showing the old way of life and were therefore not out of context. Part 2 Meeting one of the scriptwriters - Simeon Ventsislavov:
This was an unexpected bonus, I had no idea he was invited for a short talk after the movie. XD
The details were too fleeting to remember, so I'll just try to give the general picture.
The writer is friends with the director, who called him one day and said that they have only a few days to come up with a script because they have to apply to a movie festival (or something similar).
So they kept the script and the story quite basic.
They were chosen/nominated at the event (festival?) and at the end of the movie everyone in the audience had their hand up. Someone was selected and the question was "Why are Bulgarians making a movie about the Inuit?"
The answer: "Why not?"
After that, all the remaining hands dropped. XD
In the final version the main story is the same just adapted to the location - first they wanted to film in Greenland, but it was too expensive and Canada didn't work out; in the end, the movie was shot in Syberia.
It was emphasized how there "is no sound" in Syberia and most of the music and sound was done in postproduction by an acclaimed German studio.
Another interesting bit was about the language, it is spoken by the people who live near the filming location.
Yakut is apparently a Turkish language and every community speaks a dialect of sorts, but the language is made whole out of a combination of all of them.
Given how no viewer can be familiar with the local language, the cinema had Slovene and English subtitles on screen simultaneously (English on top and Slovene below).
The movie showed how the old way of Inuit life, but according to the scriptwriter no one lives that way anymore.
The actors that portraited Aga's parents were briefly touched upon.
The male actor (Mikhail Aprosimov) has some acting experience, but the woman (Feodosia Ivanova) is a cowgirl and until a movie festival (I think in Berlin) had never traveled outside of her hometown. However, she was treated like a real star at the festival.
Personally, I would not have thought of her as someone who had never acted before - all of the acting by her and her male costar was superb and conveyed the emotions the scene wanted to emphasize perfectly.
It was said that people often wondered about the music.
The ending piece was chosen because the director is a big fan of the movie Death in Venice, which also had that same piece.
As an interesting fact: the (by now abandoned) mine used to shot the meeting scene (to avoid spoilers, let's just say they haven't met in a LONG time) is a real place and the hole is so deep it can be seen from space
At the end of the talk, we were politely
kicked out because another movie was supposed to play right afterwards. Part 3
P.S. The names of the scriptwriter and actors were taken from the webpage the LIFFE webpage dedicated to the movie (LIFFE is Ljubljana's movie festival that hosted among others also the movies: "Ága", "Shoplifters" and "The Favourite").
I was unable to find the name of the music pieces used, but I think the credits said "5th symphony", if anyone has any clue or information, I'd appreciate it.
Link (in English): http://www.liffe.si/index.php/en/program/abc-list-of-films?ln=en&idF=2962&url=filmi&groupBy=abc&pos=800 Some details I'm curious about:
- When the old couple sang in the native language they used deep tones and barely opened their mouths (unless something escaped my notice).
How does that work?
- Yakut is a Turkish language.
In my humble and admittedly more lacking than not, knowledge of geography, I'd connect Turkish to the Middle East and definitely NOT cold Syberia.
How can the language group be explained? What connection am I missing?
- What do you call the instrument used at the beginning of the movie (see link below for the picture)?
How does one play it, what's the science behind the process?
Picture link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7909444/mediaviewer/rm183990528
LIFFE, my deepest thanks for the opportunity to see "Ága" and "Shoplifters". :D
Both are true gems.
P.S. My review of Shoplifters can be found here.
Link: https://www.gog.com/forum/general/shoplifters_a_family_is_a_lot_more_than_just_blood_ties Part 4 - end
No idea why I couldn't make a single post. :/