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Wild Bunch insists Mikhalkov had final cut on Burnt By The Sun 2

Vincent Maraval hits back at suggestions that company made the cuts without the director’s blessing.

French outfit Wild Bunch has reacted angrily to persistent rumours that the company was behind the cutting of Nikita Mikhalkov’s competition entry Burnt By The Sun 2, which screens in Cannes in a considerably shorter version than its Russian release cut.

“We always give to the director the final word,” Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval insisted. In particular, he is indignant at the suggestion that the company demanded the removal of a topless scene.

The Wild Bunch head of international sales again railed against journalists who’ve attacked the film without having seeing it.

“When we saw the film in Moscow with Nikita, we told him the film is amazing, no problem. We are not going to tell you we can do better. It is just that for the international market, three hours and five minutes is too long,” Maraval said. “The respect of the director is the key for everything we have developed so far.”

With Mikhalkov’s blessing, Wild Bunch worked with a French editor to come up with suggestions for trimming the film. Maraval said that  Mikhalkov accepted some of these suggestions and rejected others –  and that the version screening in Cannes is the director’s own.

As for that topless scene, that – Maraval says – is still in the  film. “At Wild Bunch, we love nudity and blood.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • Have all film critics and journalists gone bananas overnight?
    First off, Wild Bunch cut a topless scene from a probably rather dull, Stalinesque thought provoking Russian movie?? Noway. They'd be more likely to add a topless scene.
    Secondly, if they've actually told a director to cut said, probably very boring, Russian movie from 3 hours to 2 hours, good for them. Film Companies are supposed to make money you know. They are suppose to try and get the public to go to the cinema and pay to see a film, and unless you have an interval as in the good old days, very few women can sit through 3 hours of Russian with sub titles. Say no ore on that subject.
    Thirdly, I do not believe for one minute Wild Bunch did not take the Director' ideas and wishes into account. Give them some credit, they love directors and usually let them get away with murder... rememeber that one which they didn't cut for Cannes.

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