Interview with Filmmaker Alexandra Alekhina (HOLD MY HAND)

HOLD MY HAND, 13min., Russia, Family Drama
Directed by Alexandra Alekhina
Masha is over forty, and she is pregnant. The event is long-awaited and joyful – she and her husband really want children. A visit to the perinatal center casts doubt on the possibility of having a healthy baby – tests show a high risk of having a child with the Down syndrome.

Get to know the filmmaker:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I was impressed by the script. I can remember me trying to choose a script to make a film. I spent a night reading a hundred of scripts and only this one made an impression.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

it took a half of year. Actually it was a challenge to make this film because the filming period was planned for March this year and due to this Russia-Ukraine story we lost our sponsors etc. so it was a volitional decision to continue.

3. How would you describe your film in two words!?

hope against fear

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Financial issues due to the sponsor leave. It was a magic that we completed the film. I’m glad to my family, my brother and my husband who helped to overcome this.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I was amazed by the perception

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

15 years ago but I had a fear to make films

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

it is the Romeo&Juliet by Baz Luhmann

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

It would be great to have certificates and statues

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

it is only positive

10. What is your favorite meal?

any seafood

11. What is next for you? A new film?

I’m considering to make a screen version of one of world bestseller about teenagers


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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