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The exhibition of Hristo Rusev - "Happy hours" was opened on 20 April as part of the program dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Varna Free University

The young photographer from Svilengrad - Hristo Rusev, a student at Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" titled his first film - "Happy Hours". It tells about life in Paris after the bloody bombings. The message of the film is for more peace and life in a more normal world. World of mutual aid, world of the good. At 11:00 o’clock on 20 April was the      official presentation of the exhibition and the film at the Russian Centre of VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar" as part of the program dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the university.



Hristo, why did you decide to make a film and chose for a theme the terrorist acts in Paris?     When the terrible events of 13 November happened, I was determined to go there and see how life would be like after such an act in the heart of Europe. I went with a friend of mine and we wanted to see the consequences, to meet the people and to shoot to find out whether Paris is the same. My week-long work with only a few hours of sleep a day convinced me of the strong spirit of these people. I did not have the intention to make a film. In Paris I was mainly to take photos and photo stories with which to tell. There were moments that I wanted to capture in a video footage.

    One day, Prof. Galina Shamonina suggested that I would make an exhibition with my story from Paris. I have recentlyhad an exhibition so I suggested presenting it as a film. The idea was accepted by all and the work began. The project combines video and photographs entirely in gray tones. It involves three world famous actors who are in a role unfamiliar to the audience - as ordinary citizens. The music is written by an exceptionally talented 19-year-old Russian living in Norway.



What did you see in Paris?     I went to meet people, to hear their stories, to approach their pain, to understand how they feel and what they have experienced. I met strangers on the streets, waiters, cleaners, people living on the streets, people from theatre and film industry, students, former military journalists. Some were frightened, others had lost relatives, others had a narrow escape from death, but in all of them I saw an ambition, a thirst for life and struggle.     These people did not seem heartbroken, just the opposite - they were determined that they would continue to go to the usual places even more regularly than before.

    By chance I came across one of the cafes in which there were casualties. A month after the attacks it began working again. We were there in the hours when the most terrible had happened but there was not even a free chair. I heard stories of horrific end. I heard the story of how a young couple quarreled and parted on one of the terraces, the boy went up the street, and the girl went into to pay the bill, but at the same time the shooting started. They survived due to the fact that they were not on the outside terrace, etc. I saw children drawing hearts, pictures and French flags on the fence of a kindergarten with their parents a few metres from Le Carillon and Petit Cambodge.

And despite what you say - Paris is no longer the same?     I do not think that Paris is no longer the same. Paris is the same and I even saw and learned from locals how events like this instead of changing and separate people, the opposite is happening. Namely, how such events can greatly bring people together.

What is the message of the film?     The message of the film is for more peace and life in a more normal world. World of mutual aid, world of the good.


Source: Hristo Hristov, topnovini.bg

by ВСУ Черноризец Храбър