Fyodor Bondarchuk, perhaps the most successful cinematographer of the 40-year-old generation, was able to defeat the most terrible of his problems - drugs.
For the first time famous director Fyodor Bondarchuk spoke frankly about this in an interview.
He literally poured out his soul, opening the innermost corners of the heart. He spoke about how he overcame his drug craze, about how he had to apologize to Marat Safin for the fight with the 17 year old son of Sergey Bondarchuk, about how he almost lost his beloved wife forever ...
But first, Fedor was wary. Ice of mistrust towards secular reporters was probably thicker than at the North Pole: “I don’t want a personal one ...”.
- And what - isn’t films personal? - I parry. - After all, the artist creates with pain in the soul!
Fedor smiled a little. My heart began to melt.
- Your “Inhabited Island” breaks records for discussions - some are enraptured, others are hated. I do not remember such an abundance of bipolar opinions. The spectators are ready to fight each other, like football fans ...
- In the first days of the movie rentals, there were more than a million downloads from the Internet, - Fedor picks up the topic. - And downloaded a clumsy pirated copy. Blogs literally "swelled" by the number of viewers reviews.
- Whose words are most sunk into the soul?
- I was moved by the kind words of Boris Natanovich Strugatsky: "This is the first tape on the Strugatsky, which managed to fully convey the spirit of the Strugatsky book itself." Believe me, this is the highest award for me and for all who shot the picture. As for the box office, we, of course, did not get the amount we expected.
- Is it because of the competition with Todorovsky's “Styles”?
- Not only. Together with the "Inhabited Island" came out "Hipsters", and the already well-promoted second part of the comedy "Love-carrot". Plus, of course, the ruble failed. I mean the global financial crisis that hit everyone without exception.
- Nevertheless, you are sometimes called the shadow oligarch of the national cinema ...
- This is all an exaggeration! - Fedor says it so sincerely that I am literally ready to turn my pockets out to share the latter.- I somehow fell into the hands of Forbes magazine, where I was put on some list, but, as my friend Gosha Kutsenko says, where to look at these millions.
- When to wait for the continuation of the "Uninhabited island"?
- In April, God willing, the second part of the film will be released. With the name we decided. The film will be called “Inhabited Island. War". I must say that it will be very different from the first. Philosophy, philosophical texts go to the background.
- A lot of controversy was caused by the game of Vasily Stepanov, a handsome blond man who played the title role ...
- As for Vasya, everyone felt like it. Some remarks were quite witty. For example, I remember this, with a hint of his curls: “The water becomes wet when Vasya Stepanov enters it!” The joke is good. But seriously, I am convinced that Vasily is relevant in the picture. By the way, in the life of Stepanov, a very modest guy, who was just taken out with his spectacular appearance.
- Stepanova is already called the new sex symbol of Russian cinema. But still this, figuratively speaking, you owned the title ...
- I'm used to all sorts of labels. It does not annoy me.I think that Vasily will also react to the inevitable hype around himself reservedly. This is because the main thing that close people do not hurt.
- And if your close people themselves hurt someone? For example, a scandalous fight between your son Sergey and tennis player Marat Safin.
- No, no, Serezha did not beat Marat. There was a fight, but my son just separated the fighting. But the horror of the situation is that we are comrades with Marat. Immediately after this unpleasant story, I publicly apologized to Safin. Well, what can you do, my son really was at that moment in the same place. Although, I repeat, he personally did not hit Marat.
- The son of a character like you?
- Oh no! I was, as they used to say, a spree. Volodya Presnyakov, Serezha Mazaev, Natasha Vetlitskaya, Stas Namin, Stepa Mikhalkov, Philip Yankovsky - this is my company that was with me when the first night clubs appeared in Moscow. In those days, I was very violent.

In the photo: Fedor BondarchukIn the photo: Fedor Bondarchuk
Respectfully look at the strong fists of Fedor.
- Could fight?
- Yes. And fight, and, what a sin to confess, get drunk. Fights in "Blue Bird" with my participation were not uncommon. I think that the young one is remembered with horror in the police station number 108.For example, when there was a problem with Karabakh, my friends and I drove the car to Intourist and painted it with the slogans “Freedom to Karabakh!” And “Freedom to Armenians!”. Of course, we were "tied up" - we spent the whole day in the department.
- Father, the famous Soviet director, somehow tried to interfere in your hooligan affairs? Rescued from the police?
- You know, no. The only time he intervened was when I was shaved in the "pipe". This is a famous Soviet crossing at the Pushkinskaya metro station. Informal youth gathered there - punks, hippies, musicians, poets. A Komsomol, in contrast, created a brigade called "Birch". And these "birch trees" walked the streets and caught the unreliable guys and girls. In one of the raids they took me straight from that very transition. When it became known to dad, he called somewhere and they let me go.
- Was the relationship between son and father difficult?
- Perhaps, yes. The fact is that my parents were against my marriage to Svetlana. They can be understood, because I was only 19 years old when I decided to marry. We had a conflict on this basis, and I left home. He lived with Tigran Keosayan for a long time. And until 1993, we did not speak with my father.That is almost 8 years. And they made up only at the presentation of the Ovation award. So it turned out that my father had to present the award to the best clip maker, and it turned out to be me. This evening we again became the closest people.
The most acute question I saved for the final. I wonder how Fedor will answer him?
- They say that at one time you were addicted to drugs ...
Many of the director’s friends couldn’t beat drugs, unlike himself
“Again, I will not lie, there was also such a period in my life,” Bondarchuk looks me straight in the eye, and I admire his sincerity and strength. Confess to addiction to drugs in public - well, who else among the stars can?
“I remember with horror the years when close people suffered from my antics ...”
“It was generally inherent in my generation, whose youth fell in the turbulent years of the early 90s,” Fyodor continues. - The first nightclubs, the first big money, the first success, and there is already the first cocaine, as a rule. I will tell you frankly that I lost many friends on cocaine, and these were guys from different layers: bankers, businessmen, and artists. Cocaine is scary, it is really destructive for a person.I repeat that I am happy that I dealt with this matter quickly. True, then I started having problems with alcohol. (Laughs) But all this is in the past. I do not drink, I go home from parties all before the others. My son even mocks me - hunched over, one hand to the side and groans with an old voice: “Fyodor Sergeyevich is already old ... Fyodor Sergeyevich wants porridge for the night and balyushki-bai ...”
- Artist?
- What else. But seriously, I already passed for 40 years. The status does not allow to “find life”, as we like to express it. Last time I was in a nightclub I don’t remember even when. It was necessary for one foreign producer to be shown how to break away in Moscow - he really wanted to debauchery! So I took him to one place.
- Got off in full?
- Me not. And this gentleman simply opened his mouth in amazement, like walking in Russia. I generally move away from all this nightly fun. The son says he's aged. I think that wised up. Although if I had really become smarter, I would not have lived by illusions.
- Do you live by illusions?
- Alas. I still believe in friendship, brotherhood, the best human qualities, and life shows that this is not at all the case. And friends, real friends, not buddies, one, two and miscalculated.I will say more - I have such a friend. This is Ruslan Baysarov ...
- You have achieved a lot in life. What is most valuable for you?
- My family. Then, of course, cinema. I have not yet fully realized myself. But my main dream is not related to cinema. I dream of a child. I have two children whom I adore, but I want a third one. And I want a boy.
- A wife in the know?
- Of course. Let's just say Sveta has already bothered about this. (Laughs)
- Are you a perfect couple?
- We have all sorts of things in life, there have been frustrations. And serious. When I turned 30 years old, a family relationship crisis began. I was to blame. More precisely, the way of life that I led.
- Clubs?
- Yes. Clubs, booze and all the things I mentioned above. We even broke up on the day of my thirties. I went to live in the country, and Sveta stayed in our Moscow apartment. And so it went on for six months. Since then, we have no such problems.
- Are you able to forgive treason?
- No. I do not change myself. And I can never forgive betrayal. This is honest.
- And what about rumors about office romances on film sets?
- Someone may happen like this. But in my life I was in love once - in my Light. No actress on or off the court could shake my feelings for my beloved. I Monogamous.
- The image of a successful person suggests that you travel a lot around the world ...
- Nothing like this! My wife loves to travel. It is what it is. But I do not. Moreover, I hate flying planes. Flights for me are a headache. So I was neither in Thailand, nor in Bali, nor in Fiji. Of course, sometimes I have to fly. But only for work! Of my own free will, I will never board the plane. And in general I am a workaholic. I do not like the weekend. A weekend is a big problem for me. Of course, I do sports. In the summer, for example, I ride a bike for a few hours. But in general, I am waiting for the work week to finally come.
- But what about fashionable holiday in India for representatives of show business?
- This is without me. It happens that friends pounce on me, they say, Bondrik, you just have to fly there, clean the chakras, update, everything. I say: how much to fly there? 13 hours, they answer, plus there is a couple of weeks. I say: two weeks to put myself an enema of oil and candles - but never!
- The whole world is paralyzed by the financial crisis. Where do you invest money?
- In construction. I have a lot of projects that have nothing to do with cinema.I generally like to build. I have a big house here, I have a property in Spain. In addition, I opened three restaurants in Moscow: Vertinsky, Vanilla and Bistro. Yes! I am still closely involved in two Internet projects. Also not related to the movie. I very much hope that Russia and all of us will soon get out of the crisis.

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