Moscow, September 29, Interfax - Members of the State Duma committee on culture and deputies from other committees watched Alexey Uchitel's movie Matilda together with the filmmaker on Thursday evening and agreed that it should be taken as a feature motion picture, not a documentary, Olga Kazakova, deputy head of the committee on culture, told Interfax.
"I went to see the movie with my son and his opinion was important to me. My son said it is "a good, homelike, beautiful movie" and he understands that it is a movie, not a documentary film, not a page from a history book," Kazakova said.
The frenzy about Matilda is not likely to be substantiated, she said. "The passions should cool, people should calm down and treat the movie as a work of art," the parliamentarian said.
Kazakova said it was important to her to understand whether there any violations of the legislation in this situation.
"The distribution certificate has been issued. Alexey Uchitel, who spoke before the movie was shown, said it had undergone a special evaluation in a St. Petersburg university and that evaluation had lasted for 40 days," she said.
One can argue about the quality of the film and discuss it from a moral and ethical point of view, whether it is worth watching or not, she said.
"Some people may like the film and some may not, some will be indifferent. But one has to admit that a filmmaker has the right to realize his artistic idea, and that's how this movie should be taken," Kazakova said.
Kazakova said she sees Matilda as "a beautiful fairytale, a love story." Many such movies are being distributed "and I would gladly watch it at home, but, of course, without young children, because the move has an age restriction," she said.
Kazakova said her colleagues in the State Duma agree with her.
Matilda generated a broad public response in Russia even before its distribution certificate was issued. The film deals with the relationship between future Russian Emperor Nicholas II and ballerina Matilda (Mathilde) Kschessinska.
State Duma deputy Natalya Poklonskaya and her supporters actively oppose the film.
On September 12, the Cinema Park and Formula Kino network of movie theaters said that it would not screen Matilda due to threats against theaters.