SINGAPORE - Israeli director Evgeny Ruman will be here tomorrow to open his critically acclaimed film, Igor And The Cranes' Journey - an adaptation of a popular Israeli children's book - at the 21st Israel Film Festival.
The 33-year-old speaks to My Paper on why he chose to focus on this tender story of an estranged father and son who are brought together as they trace the migratory journey of a family of birds.
How did you end up becoming a film-maker?
When I was 15 or 16, I saw Stanley Kubrick's The Clockwork Orange on TV. It was like nothing I'd seen before.
That was the moment I discovered my fascination with cinema. Later on, when I was studying in film school, I understood that...every film is a different world, a different life. As a film director, you have an opportunity to create multiple worlds and to live multiple lives, it's like a miracle for me.
What inspired you to take on Igor And The Cranes' Journey?
I was born in the then Soviet Union (now Belarus) and emigrated to Israel with my parents when I was 11, just like Igor in the film, who moves at that age from Russia to Israel.
So many emotional components of our stories are similar, and I felt a strong personal connection to the main protagonist and his journey.
It is my first feature film, and it was important for me to direct a film about something I have personal experience with.