Krzysztof Zanussi Will Shoot Next Movie in Siberia

Veteran Polish director doesn't want Europe to cut cultural ties with Russia

Renowned Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi says cultural ties with Russia shouldn't be cut and will shoot his next film in Siberia in 2015.

"Siberia is very close to me," Zanussi was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, adding that he plans to make his next film with the working title On the Crossroads, as a co-production with Russia and, probably, China, filming in Siberia next year.

The film is to be centered on the history of Harbin, a city founded by Russians in East Siberia in the late 19th century, which is now located on the Chinese territory.

"That's a place where Asia met Europe," Zanussi said when explaining the title of the film.

The veteran director stressed that the uneasy relations between Russia and Europe, which have soured over the situation in Ukraine earlier this year, should not have an impact on cultural ties.

"As culture people, we should not stop our dialog, whether we agree with the politicians or not," he said. "I made a conscious decision that I will not limit my contacts with Russia."

Zanussi's ties with Russia have been solid over the last 20 years or so. His most recent feature, Obce cia?o (Alien Object) was partially set in Russia. The director's movies have often taken part in Russian festivals, collecting various awards, including the Golden St. George for the best picture for Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa (Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease) back in 2000.