SOCHI, May 22 (Itar-Tass) - The support to the Russian filmmaking, particularly for the making of state-funded films, will be discussed at a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the film people on May 24, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said, meanwhile, rejecting the suppositions of several newspapers that reported, “The Kremlin intends to deal with the cinema now.”
“The newspapers report that Surkov’s legacy should be swept out, but this is not so, it is very positive,” Peskov said.
“For the last few years a very complicated and large-scale scheme for the support to filmmaking has been developed,” Peskov noted. “We give much money to the filmmaking, and the results should be much more impressive,” he added.
“But the most important thing is that when the state authorities give the money for the filmmaking, are empowered to expect an appropriate content - a pro-state content, which promotes positive values,” Peskov said. “Those who pay the money, place orders for the films,” he added.
The support to the filmmaking will be discussed at a meeting chaired by the president, the Russian president’s press secretary said.
Peskov noted that the Cinema Support Fund will sooner be kept. “No other proposals were made,” he said.
“The participants in the meeting will also discuss how in general to provide conditions for all, including those people, who make films with their own money,” Peskov added.
Meanwhile, he takes calmly an opportunity of criticism of the state authorities in the films. “The criticism is voiced everywhere,” Peskov noted. “It can be balanced, if there is some skewness in some direction, this is not interesting and is not needed for the spectators,” he believes. “The state authorities cannot pay for the unbridled criticism,” the press secretary added.
Peskov acknowledged that the mechanisms and criteria for the assessment of the content are ‘vague’. “But we cannot live without it,” he believes.