Adriana Davidova: Talent Has No Nationality

Novinite Insider » INTERVIEW | August 4, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00
Adriana Davidova: Talent Has No Nationality Adriana Davidova

Adriana Davidova is a Bulgaria-born actress living and working in Spain. Sindrome, a movie of Adriana Davidova and her husband, will represent Spain at the major Locarno festival. Adriana Davidova has a long history in movie and theatre making. She has participated in El ladrуn by ojos by Javier de la Torre, in the 1997 Siempre hay un camino a la derecha by Josй Luis Garcнa Sбnchez, Airbag by Juanma Bajo Ulloa and in 1994 she took part in Mar de luna by Manolo Matji and Entre rojas by Azucena Rodrнguez. The Bulgaria-born actress has also starred in El joven Picasso by Juan Antonio Bardйm.

Adriana Davidova answered questions of Editor Petya Bondokova

Q: Bulgarian talent gaining international recognition in the movie industry. Do you see that as an exception?
A: I think the talent has no nationality, but with more money a film industry has, more possibilities it has to generate work opportunities for the people of its country. I feel proud of my background, it gives me a kind of sensibility for nuances and subtleness in interpretation less usual in the Mediterranean movie world. On the other hand, Spain, with its Mediterranean character has given me the opportunity to express all my "Slavic" passion.

Q: What are the main difficulties in independent filmmaking?
A: I believe the main difficulty is the distribution and the number of copies the movie is released with, but I also think that the pleasure of free imagination and the joy of creating independently, unconstrained by the pressure of money, is worthwhile, and makes you feel complete and faithful to yourself despite the limitations.

Q: What could make a low-budget movie a hit?
A: Success is very subjective. What one considers a triumph could mean a failure for somebody else. For me, a successful movie is the one, which makes me stand from the seat craving life. Wishing to live with intensity, with love, with freedom, with fantasy and generosity.

Q: How is movie-making in Spain different from that in Bulgaria?
A: I have been living in Spain since I was eight, and only went to Bulgaria for a couple of years when I was 13, so I never worked in Bulgaria and can't compare, but I have a very strong and special remembrance of a Bulgarian movie with great actors - "Margarit y Margarita". A tough story, but also immensely poetic one.

Q: What are Spaniards' favorite types of films?
A: The contemporary Spanish audience is very diverse, from all ages and different background, and the moment I live as a spectator is of a need for more cinema, diverse, challenging and touching movies. The viewers (including myself) need stimulus and stories, which would guide us.

Q: Do you think you could ever return to work in Bulgaria?
A: Would be wonderful to perform in my native language and accomplish this kind of communion with myself. I wish that some day it would be possible.

Q: Is life abroad the only chance for a Bulgarian artist to succeed?
A: I think the only way to succeed as an artist, is trying that society and we artists as part of it, break the boundaries, national, linguistic, racial and socials boundaries... and at the same time giving place in our art to all this amazing and rich cultural and artistic diversity.

Q: Have countries in Central and East Europe displayed their filmmaking potential already?
A: There is a huge potential, I would say infinite, and a minimum risk from the private and public institutions, which have the resources opening the doors for this creative stream. I wish that Europe would believe truly in its cinematographic capacity and would use its right to narrate its own story.

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