Filling a cultural vacuum

­Pavel Lungin – Film director
Francis Ford Coppola – Film Director

The never-ending standoff of action against drama is ever more urgent nowadays. The 3D craze encourages directors to shoot spectacular movies, but skimp on story and character. There are many filmmakers, of course, who treat cinema as art rather than showbiz. But their work, labeled as Art House, is going deeper and deeper underground, with fewer people year after year paying respect.

Does the future of cinema look more like Avatar? Is it the last battle of arts with the “bread and circuses” demand? We’ll discuss this with award winning Russian filmmaker Pavel Lungin, with a little help from Francis Ford Coppola.