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“I used to get at it [writing] early in the morning and work at it and stay at it and write and rewrite and rethink and tear up my stuff and start over again. I came up with such a hard-line approach - I never waited for inspiration; I always had to go in and do it. You know, you gotta force it. So I could always do the writing and rewriting because I’d force myself. I found a million little tricks over the years to help get through that unpleasant time…

Always setting myself something to think about for the project at any given free moment: When I go into the shower in the morning; when I go to sleep at night; when I’m waiting for an elevator. Somebody told me years ago about a major league pitcher who always wanted to be a pitcher. When he was growing up on his farm his father told him, “Whenever you’re sitting around pick up a stone and try and hit a blade of grass with it, try and hit a twig with it. Make use of every moment.” And that sounds very logical to me.

I think that the biggest life lesson I learned as a boy, that has helped me and is still with me, is that you really have to discipline yourself to do the work. If you want to accomplish something, you can’t spend a lot of time hemming and hawing, putting it off, making excuses, and figuring ways. You have to actually do it…. I want to write, so I get up in the morning, go in and close the door, and write. You can’t string paper clips and get your pad ready and turn your phone off and get coffee made. You have to do the stuff. Everything in life turns out to be a distraction from the real thing you want to do. There are a million distractions, and when I was a kid I was very disciplined. I knew that the other kids weren’t. I was the one able to do the thing, not because I had more talent, maybe less, but because they simply weren’t applying themselves. As a kid, I wanted to do magic tricks. I could sit endlessly in front of a mirror, practicing, because I knew if you wanted to do the tricks you’ve got to do the thing. I did that with the clarinet. When I was teaching, I did that with writing. This is the most important thing in my life, because I see people striking out all the time. It’s not because they don’t have talent or because they don’t want to be, but because they don’t put the work in to do it. They don’t have the discipline to do it.”


“I wish there was a film that followed my every move.”
Submarine (2010) Richard Ayoade


“In many ways I prefer my own company, it gives me time to think.”
Submarine (2010) Richard Ayoade

The Mourning Forest (Mogari No Mori)

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“I have great respect for the natural world. I grew up outside of big cities and still live in a small village, so I’ve always had the chance to experience nature directly. I think all the natural elements that don’t speak or think like humans bless us through their very being. I don’t see myself as someone who lives in the nature but someone who’s only living because of the nature. It’s like a gift that we receive as humans. I assume this is why nature is well represented in my films…
I wanted the invisible things to be as important as the visible ones. I want the whole world to be aware of this message, and perceive it.”

Naomi Kawase
The Mourning Forest (Mogari No Mori) (2007) Naomi Kawase

Naomi Kawase

“It’s very difficult to make a film. I think it’s as difficult as living; it is similar to life. In a life, you also encounter many difficulties, many things that make you suffer; there are many things that make you hesitate or stumble on your path. At those moments, I believe, you look for something deep within that can restore your confidence and strength. You try to find strengths - and I don’t mean money, cars, or clothing - it’s not necessarily something visible. It can be the wind, the light, the memory of the Ancients which gives us their strength. And when you find that foothold in the world, you can be all alone and go on.”

Naomi Kawase
Naomi Kawase © by Jérôme Bonnet, May 2014.

Olive Kitteridge

“Who the hell do I think I am?”
Olive Kitteridge (2014) Lisa Cholodenko

Tokyo Sonata

"You’re the only person who can be you. That’s all we have to hold onto."
Tokyo Sonata (2008) Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Tokyo Sonata

“How wonderful it would be if my whole life so far turns out to have been a dream
and suddenly l wake up and l’m someone else entirely.”
Tokyo Sonata (2008) Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Shinya Tsukamoto

“When I start on a film I try to set off the alarm bells within myself, to force myself into action. Film-making takes me away from everyday life and puts me in a special kind of tension, so when I create something while in that state of mind it usually turns out to include such extreme emotions and themes, they tend to sneak in. When I make films I’m in a separate timezone almost, outside of any "normal” situation.“

Shinya Tsukamoto

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

“Socrates said that the aim of philosophy is to know oneself. For me, the cinema is the same thing. I try to know myself better, to relieve my pain about life. In your travels, you see different kinds of people, different kinds of lives, and that makes you think. You ask harsh questions of your self. I try to understand what it means to be human. There are certain kinds of people in every culture. These kind of people ask similar questions about life, and it doesn’t change in New York or anywhere else. You meet these people in Iran, in Singapore, everywhere. And these kind of people make another kind of nation. Through films, you find your soulmates, who live in the same nation with you.”

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

The Secret Life of Words

“Victor: He doesn’t like to be with the others. He’s a loner, too.
Hanna: There are many of us.”
The Secret Life of Words (2005) Isabel Coixet

My Life Without Me

“This is you. Eyes closed, out in the rain. You never thought you’d be doing something like this, you never saw yourself as, I don’t know how you’d describe it… Is like one of those people who like looking up at the moon, who spend hours gazing at the waves or the sunset or… I guess you know the kind of people I’m talking about. Maybe you don’t. Anyway, you kind of like being like this, fighting the cold, feeling the water seep through your shirt and getting through your skin. And the feel of the ground growing soft beneath your feet. And the smell. And the sound of the rain hitting the leaves. All the things they talked about in the books you haven’t read. This is you, who would have guessed it? You.”
My Life Without Me (2003) Isabel Coixet

Isabel Coixet

“I will never stop fighting to make films. Never. It’s my life.”
Isabel Coixet © by Crisitna Lopez


“I guess I stopped trying to be anything. I accepted myself and all my human disorder.”
Thumbsucker (2005) Mike Mills

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“That's cause we all wanna be problemless. To fix ourselves. We look for some magic solution to make us all better, but none of us really know what we're doing. And why is that so bad?
That's all we humans can do. Guess. Try. Hope.
But, Justin, just pray you don't fool yourself into thinking you've got the answer. Because that's bullshit.
The trick is living without an answer. I think.”

Thumbsucker (2005) Mike Mills



“Oliver: Well, I'm gonna have to kill you now.
Anna: Hm... why?
Oliver: Because I'm falling in love with you.”
Beginners (2010) Mike Mills


Michael Nguyen

"Photography for me is the best means of expressing and hanging on to those little fleeting splinters of life we experience each day...
Photography is an attempt to document my reality."
Michael Nguyen

Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

“My films are just what I like personally and perhaps who I am.” Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Pen-Ek Ratanaruang © by Cedric Arnold.

Junku Nishimura

“I take pictures to create an image - to keep the sense of nostalgia.”
Junku Nishimura

Miranda July

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What a terrible mistake to let go of something wonderful for something real.

Life is just this way, broken, and I am crazy for dreaming of something else.

Nothing really mattered, and nothing could be lost.

Inelegantly, and without my consent, time passed.

I cried in English, I cried in French, I cried in all the languages, because tears are the same all around the world. Esperanto.

Some people are uncomfortable with silences. Not me. I’ve never cared much for call and response. Sometimes I will think of something to say and then I ask myself: is it worth it? And it just isn’t.

We really wanted to know all the unknowable things about each other and how we were the same and how we were different, if we even were, maybe nobody is.

It is terrible to have to ask for anything ever. We wish we were something that needed nothing, like paint. But even paint needs repainting.

I was an angel looking down into the world, into one car on the world, into two members of mankind, into their souls, and into the place behind their souls: the void.

Miranda July © by Annemarieke van Drimmelen, February 2015.

Miranda July

“All I ever really want to know is how other people are making it through life - where do they put their body, hour by hour, and how do they cope inside of it.”
It Chooses You (2011) Miranda July
Miranda July © by Christian MacDonald, October 2014.

The Future

"Sophie: I have to tell you something.
Jason: What?
Sophie: Um... one thing is, that I'm wild."
The Future (2011) Miranda July

Gilbert Garcin

“This is the principal and most profound reason I take photographs. I am not out to demonstrate something. My sole motivation stems from the need I feel - that we all feel, to varying degrees – to communicate with the world around us.”
Gilbert Garcin

Sarah Paulson

"All the best people are nuts."  Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson © by Phil Poynter, July 2014.

Winter Sleep (Kis uykusu)

"Boredom is always a luxury."
Winter Sleep (2014) Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

"Trying to understand the human soul is what motivates me to make films."
Nuri Bilge Ceylan



"- Tell me you know what you’re doing.
- I don’t. I never did."
Carol (2015) Todd Haynes


"Carol: What a strange girl you are.
Therese: Why?
Carol: Flung out of space."
Carol (2015) Todd Haynes

Маргарита Кошелева

Царствие Тебе Небесное, Маргариточка
Люблю Тебя...

Маргарита Кошелева
1 декабря 1939 - 11 октября 2015


г. Москва, ул. Арбат, дом 37

Francisco de Goya

Portrait of a Woman (Portrait of Lola Jiménez) by Francisco de Goya, 1812-1813.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia.

Claude Monet

Seagulls, the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament by Claude Monet, 1904.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia.

"...детство рассказывает правду о человеке."
Нино Чакветадзе








Nino Chakvetadze's Paintings / Картины Нино Чакветадзе

Obsessions / Agnès Jaoui

“It's a passion to discover how people behave and why and how different we are.
That's the point.”
Agnès Jaoui


На чужой вкус (Le Goût des autres)
Посмотри на меня  (Comme une image)
Семейная атмосфера (Un air de famille)
(Written by Cédric Klapisch, Agnès Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri)
В конце сказки (Au bout du conte)
Расскажи мне о дожде  (Parlez-moi de la pluie)


“I don't feel pain, fear,  desire, it's like all things that make us human are fading away.
It's like the less human I feel, all these knowledge about...everything...”
Lucy (2014) Luc Besson

Lucy (2014) Luc Besson


Bullet Ballet

“I think I've been trying not to see things that are important to me.
People have kids because they need a reason to keep living.
Or else I'll get lost just like a kite in the wind without a string.”
Bullet Ballet (1998) Shinya Tsukamoto

Bullet Ballet (1998) Shinya Tsukamoto

Yves Saint Laurent

"Fashions fade, style is eternal."
Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent


The man who wasn't there

“I was a ghost. I didn't see anyone. No one saw me. I was the barber.”
The man who wasn't there (2001) Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

The man who wasn"t there


“Sometimes I think I have felt everything I'm ever gonna feel. And from here on out,
I'm not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I've already felt.”
Her (2013) Spike Jonze


Nuri Bilge Ceylan

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Я нашел спасение в искусстве, которое может быть смыслом жизни, прежде всего, в силу своей бесконечности. Искусство действительно бесконечно, его невозможно исчерпать. И любую жизненную сложность можно преобразовать в него. Это своего рода терапия.

Попытки найти новые способы повествования в кино — это очень хорошая тенденция. Так же, как попытка избавиться от традиционного повествования вовсе. Кино по своему предназначению, как мне кажется, должно исследовать иные, пограничные состояния между словом и реальностью, и это шаг в ту сторону, в сторону какого-то нового измерения. Это направление, созвучное тому, что делал Тарковский: он искал то,что никогда не передавалось с помощью кино, и ему удалось открыть новое измерение кинореальности. Новые режиссеры тоже ищут. И, может быть, там ничего нет, а, может, там новая вселенная.

Нури Бильге Джейлан

Lykke Li

Lykke Li © photographer Frank W. Ockenfels 3

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Frank W. Ockenfels


“Let me give you acupuncture. There's a meridian point that can loosen the knots in your heart
and clear all horrible memories from your mind.”
Madeo (2009) Bong Joon-ho


Naomi Kawase

Naomi Kawase

"If you cannot remove the feeling of loss and solitude from your heart, it might remain empty for ever.
But I believe it’s better to take the blow and learn to live with it.
I think it’s possible to channel the knowledge of loss through creation."

Naomi Kawase


“That water will make you calm. It will make you happy, empty...
You'll be born again, just like me...”
Cure (1997) Kiyoshi Kurosawa


Kiyoshi Kurosawa


I don't think we should give people false hopes. I don't think the immediate future will be great....
Show them the chaos in people's minds and in the cities, instead of a lie.
In this way, I feel this is my work.

I never intentionally make ambiguous that which should be clear. Certainly, my understanding of film is that the story is an element of film, but it’s very much about portraying a reality, a world that exists beyond the screen. I think you would have to agree that our encounters with reality can sometimes be clear and unambiguous, but more often they are confoundingly complex, and the meaning of events that unfold before us can often elude comprehension forever. So, when I make my films, I am not the all-seeing, omniscient God explaining to you in the audience what has happened and why. You should just think of my movies as a string of scenes of pondering what I would do and how I would face these events unfolding before my eyes. The reality that I find incomprehensible and confounding, I present it exactly to you how I encounter it myself. That’s the approach I take to moviemaking.

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Blue Jasmine

"Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown,
there's only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take to the streets and start screaming."
Blue Jasmine (2013) Woody Allen

Мы мучимся над мелкими, никому не нужными проблемами, мы тратим наши мысли и чувства впустую, мы от рождения смотрим себе под ноги, только под ноги. Помните, как с детства нас учат: "Смотри себе под ноги… Смотри не упади…"
Мы умираем, так ничего и не поняв: кто мы и зачем мы здесь. А между тем где-то глубоко в нас живёт одно стремление: туда, ввысь, домой! В тот далёкий мир, откуда мы пришли. И где живут такие же люди, как мы. Только они дома и счастливы. Мне даже кажется, что они иногда думают о нас. Им нас очень жаль. Вы этого не чувствуете? Вспомните, у вас не было такого чувства, что кто-то жалеет вас и ждёт? Почему влюблённые смотрят на звёзды? Почему их так привлекает небо? И оно распахивается перед ними, как двери в бесконечный, знакомый мир. Почему нам с детства снится чувство полёта? А потом, к старости, нам снятся, что мы падаем вниз, стремительно падаем. О, это чувство ужасно! Но вам это, очевидно, ещё не снилось. Почему во сне мы говорим на языках, нам неизвестных, совершенно свободно? Почему мы видим явственно удивительные ландшафты и строения, знакомые нам и которых мы никогда не видели наяву. Почему? А чувства, необыкновенные, яркие, горячие, которые мы забываем днём!.. Вам не случалось узнавать людей, которых вы никогда не видели прежде? Узнавать, как давних знакомых, по одному движению, по запаху?.. А слова, обращённые к нам, которых никто не сказал!.. Нас зовут, просят о помощи, предупреждают об опасности… Десятки, сотни голосов. Откуда? Они у нас в крови. Если бы всего этого не было… О, если бы не было! Разве стоило бы жить такую короткую жизнь, короткую, как мгновенье? Но за одну эту маленькую жизнь мы рождаемся и умираем десятки раз за многих других людей… Что это? Скажите!.. Это фантазии? Но они больше, чем целая жизнь. Зачем мы их убиваем? Ведь для чего-то они живут в нас. Посмотрите на людей. Разве они стали бы обижать друг друга, мучить, если бы знали об этом? Если бы знали, что они единое целое? Если бы они помнили, что у них такая короткая жизнь, и если бы они угадали своё желание увидеть этот далёкий мир. Все наши несчастья кратковременны. Наши дети или внуки, или правнуки, они поймут это. Они отбросят всё мелкое. Поверьте, они будут любить друг друга. А своим детям они будут говорить: "Не смотри под ноги, подними голову!" Вы замечаете, что человек болеет постоянно, с самого рождения, до смерти. Болезни чередуются, приходят, уходят. Но ведь это же неестественно. Ведь какой-нибудь крокодил или муравей живёт здесь же, рядом, однако не подвержен таким странным, таким бесконечным болезням! Я систематически наблюдал и делал выводы. Я вам скажу больше… Мне кажется, я нашёл ключ к разгадке этой самой страшной болезни. Я даже уверен, что нашёл.

Эллиотт Эрвитт

"The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words."
Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt

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