Award-winning Russian filmmaker Diana Galimzyanova finds a female composer for her upcoming debut feature, the first ever female-directed Russian film noir with reverse chronology, The Lightest Darkness. Ioana Dobroiu, the Romanian multi-instrumentalist, is willing to collaborate with her on this project.
"I’m extremely happy to work with a female composer," stated Ms. Galimzyanova, the director of the film. "There’s still the significant lack of women composers, especially in mainstream cinema, and I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m going to hire as many women as I can for my debut feature so as to support the amazing women in film. I've already had the pleasure to work with Ioana on my low-budget horror short Minotauress. That was recently shot in Finland with an international cast and crew, and it is now in postproduction."
Dobroiu is eager to bring her colorful avant-garde style to the complicated world of film noir.
"I have been really attracted to the 1900 period of filmmaking, art, and inventions," composer Dobroiu said. "The avant-garde movements during that era and the film noir are some of the things I cannot miss out. That is why when I heard of the project I could not contain myself with excitement about working on it."
"The Lightest Darkness" is currently in the midst of pre-production. Inspired by the pioneer women directors like Ida Lupino, Galimzyanova wants to make an authentic film noir that stays true to the roots of the style but also has a modern twist.