Cinema for me is…
Hungary -Sofija Sztepanov from Europa Cinemas on Vimeo.
Sofija in 23 frames
1. Describe yourself in ten words.
Stubborn, persistent, ambitious, communicative, intense, caring, kind, empathetic, romantic, witty.
2. Your best quality? Your worst habit?
Best quality: Persistence.
Worst habit: Stressing unnecessarily.
3. Your dream job?
Writer-Director for film.
4. What do you like most about your country?
5. Your favorite dish in your country?
Soups. (All of them. They are awesome.)
6. Which word or phrase in your native language do you like the most and what does it mean?
Jégvirág. Literal translation: ice flower. Actual meaning: snow-frost (usually on a window).
7. What European capital have you visited lately?
8. Other than your own, which European country would you love to live in?
9. What does Europe mean to you? 3 values.
Diversity, Pride, Acceptance.
10. What film made you fall in love with cinema?
Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, 1952, US)
11. Your favorite film theatre? What do you like about it?
Uránia cinema because of its vast history, beauty and great atmosphere.
12. Who is your movie hero?
13. Which movie director would you like to be?
A fusion between Woody Allen and Quentin Tarantino.
14. Briefly describe your favorite scene.
In the last scene of Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994, US), Diner Part II: Vincent (John Travolta), a nervous and reserved criminal, wants to dissuade his calm and talkative partner Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) from quitting the criminal life. In the meantime, two robbers (and lovers), Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) and Pumpkin (Tim Roth) decide to rob the diner. However, they soon find themselves in a classic Mexican standoff: Jules points the gun at Pumpkin, Honey Bunny points the gun at Jules and Vincent points the gun at Honey Bunny. This situation could turn out in pure blood; but it doesn’t. Instead, it ends up in Jules quoting Ezekiel 25:17 from the Bible. It makes him wonder: who is good and who is bad in this world? Or are they all good and it is the world that is evil? It is a marvelous scene with extraordinary dialogues and a funky spin on existentialism.
15. What are the 3 best European films you have seen in the last year?
I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, 2016), GB
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015), GR
On Body and Soul (Ildiko Enyedi, 2017), HU.
16. Which film character do you most identify with?
17. Your favorite soundtrack or song?
Pulp Fiction soundtrack.
18. If you had to live in a movie, which one would you like it to be?
Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993, US) -I love dinosaurs-.
19. Your life becomes a bio-pic. Who plays the role of you?
20. Which talent would you most like to have?
21. What is your most treasured possession?
I have been moving all my life. Don’t really treasure any possession!
22. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Changing from a career in finance to film.
23. What is your motto?