52-year-old film director, screenwriter, TV presenter, writer and literary critic Dunya Smirnova has become the new heroine of Ksenia Sobchak's YouTube show. In an interview with the TV presenter, she talked about her relationship with her husband Anatoly Chubais, shared the details of working on the TV series “Vertinsky” (Smirnova acted as its director and screenwriter. – Ed.), Admitted that she had not been friends with Tatyana Tolstaya for a long time, and said, why she did not dare to adopt. Here are the most interesting quotes from interviews in our material.
About relations with her husband Anatoly Chubais
When I shoot, I drop out of everyday life. My rather busy statesman begins to visit me. He does not say that “I have a day off and let's go back home”, no – he comes to me, to where I shoot. He is a reliable person.
When my friends have some hardships and hardships, he always fits in, always helps. When I married him, I said: “Consider that, besides me, you are marrying seven more of my friends.” He said, “Okay.”
Relationship with Tatyana Tolstaya
We parted. We are no longer friends. I did not quarrel with Tatyana Nikitichnaya. It is rather her choice. I don’t understand the reason.
(Dunya Smirnova and Tatyana Tolstaya from 2002 to 2014 hosted the TV show “School of Scandal” – Ed.)
On the intellectual elite in Russia today
Yes, Anatoly Chubais refers to her, although he himself is inclined, in my opinion, to underestimate his intellectual capabilities – he puts a lot of intellectuals above himself, values them much higher than himself.
There are many representatives of the intellectual elite, they are brilliant. This documentary filmmaker Marina Razbezhkina is, without a doubt, one of the greatest Russian intellectuals. On the other hand, there is Sergei Adonyev, who is undoubtedly an outstanding intellectual. Andrey Komarov is a businessman of great intelligence and talent. Journalist Sergei Zhdanov is a digital ethics specialist.
The intellectual elite is always out of sight.
Vladislav Surkov is undoubtedly the country's intellectual elite.
About Zinaida Pronchenko's note about the series “Vertinsky”
The famous film critic and journalist Zinaida Pronchenko, who has already managed to spoil relations with many representatives of Russian cinema, was not delighted with the series “Vertinsky”. Dunya Smirnova did not read her review, and in general did not immediately understand who Pronchenko was when Ksenia Sobchak asked about her. Then Ksenia decided to acquaint Smirnova with the work of Pronchenko more closely and quoted her note:
I also included the first episode of “Vertinsky”. I liked the titles: “Roman Abramovich, Sergei Adonyev and Konstantin Ernst present …”. Just Mount Rushmore. I would like to immediately clear my throat, clear my throat and say in falsetto: “Good night, beloved!” As for the rest, everything is as always: there are mummers in the frame, dressed in pre-revolutionary bohemia. They sound purely functional dialogues: “Hey, Vertinsky, where is Mozzhukhin, is he stuck with Khanzhonkov?” Well, such a normal airless booth. Antikino at the stage of acme. It is impossible to watch, and it is not necessary. Sergei Nikolaevich and Konstantin Lvovich personally looked for us, signed for us. Better “Zuleikhi”, worse “Dau”. And Roman Arkadievich, probably, took it as a load or for waste paper. The artist Filimonov is just a pity. He is a great artist, and he is filming in Russia. It happens, why, not everyone is as lucky as Shalama or Driver,
– she wrote.
Apparently, the note to Smirnov did not hurt and she did not enter into verbal battles with her, like Mikhail Zygar. Although she noted that the criticism fundamentally disagrees with the words.
The girl writes rather curly. This strategy has been known for a long time. Once, according to the same strategy, Lida Maslova became the star of film criticism. But Lida wrote more clearly and drier, purely literary. But it is a strategy with a venerable tradition. And there is absolutely no essence here. I absolutely disagree with nothing here, except that Filimonov is a great artist, ”she said.
About Alexey Navalny
He is a prisoner. For me, the entire Russian culture has long answered the question of how one can relate to a prisoner. Only one way – with compassion.
But all the time they demand from me that I feel guilty for not thinking from morning till night about Putin and Navalny.
I do not consider Navalny a hero, because he is a power-hungry person, and power-hungry people are not heroes.
Unfortunately, I have one child (Dunya Smirnova has a 31-year-old son, Danil, from her first husband, Arkady Ippolitov. – Ed.). Of course, I would like more. God did not give.
I thought about adoption and realized that I was not ready for it. Genetics is not a pseudoscience, I did not dare. I have tremendous respect for people who have become adoptive parents.
Friendship with ex-husband Arkady Ippolitov
We are very friendly. This is a very close friend of mine.
We parted, of course, painfully. We both suffered. We lived badly. We were young fools and lived badly. And we became friends after years.
On rumors of his homosexuality
This is pure lies – from the first to the last word. It never happened. When Arkady was married to me, he was married to me, and we did not have any open marriage. Shura (Alexander Timofeevsky – film critic. It was rumored that he was in a relationship with Arkady Ippolitov. – Ed.) Was my best friend and Arkady.