If you could meet anyone from the past, who would it be?
“I wish I could meet some late writers, probably Nabokov and Bulgakov the most. Sitting in a small smoky café at Sadovoe Koltso in Moscow and having a little literary morning chat with Bulgakov about Master and Margarita would be a perfect meeting… I sometimes sit alone in a common chain-café placed in an old building where he used to live, drinking my favorite Russian tea, smoking and trying to imagine the atmosphere of the 30’s. Such a soothing daydream…”
If you had one wish, what would you wish for?
“I’m a person who rarely dreams about anything. I used to dream when I was younger but these dreams never came true so I quit. Dreams often make me feel depressed. If I had a life plan it would be simple - to do what I love doing, to find a person I can trust and love, and who can trust, love and understand me a bit and have kids. When you’re over 30 your needs often change into more down to earth ones, but although this plan seems to be pretty simple I can’t plan anything in my life. It doesn’t work. I wish I could have a book published one day. That’s definitely my wish for today.”
Three words to describe yourself.
“Melancholic, perfectionist, eccentric.”
What do you think of a woman president?
“I’m not particularly interested in politics as I find it dirty and money-oriented but I would support women in politics. If they’re really into politics and social issues, why not? There were/are some successful women presidents in a modern history of Europe for example presidents of Ireland, Finland, Iceland and Latvia. It’s much easier for me to trust women than men in politics whom I don’t trust at all. Men are obsessed with power and leadership forgetting that a country consists of ordinary people with their basic needs. Women in politics are also wives and mothers so they can see the world from another, more complex perspective. A woman president may be a chance that it’s not gonna be ‘about‘ high posts and money only.”
What’s your most treasured memory?
“Mostly childhood memories. The feelings of security, loved, safety, and not responsible for anything. That’s what I’ve been missing during my adult life.”
What’s a film that you feel close to and why?
“Oh…too many, I’m a movie addict. European cinema is full of pictures I love and feel close to. One of them is definitely Wender’s Million Dollar Hotel. MDH is about things concerning all of us - feelings of love, rejection and acceptance. Doesn’t matter that it takes place in a trashy world of social weirdoes. We all live in a trashy world and we all can be weirdoes for others and others can be weirdoes for us. Critics said it was a pretentious crap, poetic nonsense and waste of celluloid etc. and mostly appreciated it for Bono’s soundtrack. I admire Wenders for his ‘other view’ of the world we all live in. Kind of 'melancholic touch' that is close to me. IMO, films and books should not just mirror the world the way we see it every day. Art is 'a space' for another look on events, emotions and feelings we all experience. Art should be like a dream - romantic, dramatic, a nightmare, abstract etc, but like a dream. Not what we see through the window.”