21 September, Bitola – Konstantin Esadze, cinematographer of the film Dede, as part of the Country in Focus – Georgia program, talked about the challenges during the shooting in the talk with Slagjan Penev.
The film tells a story about one woman and three men. Dina can challenge the harsh traditions of the deep Caucasus Mountains, but will her spirit survive?
-This is a great festival for cinematographers, but where is my award?, Konstantin made a joke at the beginning. My German colleague, who had been here before me, said that a 1-million-dollar budget is a small one, so I would like to ask what sort of a budget is 100.000 euros? We travelled through the Caucasus Mountains, we were looking for shooting locations during three seasons: winter, spring, and autumn. Because of the small budget, we had to rent a cheap camera, the AGASO. Has anyone heard of this camera? I don’t think so. It is a very cheap camera, but we shot the film on it. Because of the weather issues, the Caucasus Mountains are very cold and there was much snow, we all got sick, but we succeeded in finishing the film, Esadze said.