An Interview with Manfred Vainokivi, the director of "Spit In My Face", interviewer Edvinas Pukšta
"Unfiltered, hurtful, obscene and personal - “Spit In My Face” sums up the atmosphere the film has captured. Film listens in on the meetings and years-long rivalry between the two Estonian filmmakers Kristjan Svirgsdeni and Edvard Oja. Although both were praised by critics in the seventies, neither one has much to show for it today. Regardless, it must be determined, who’s the less shabby filmmaker of the two of them. Drinking vodka in the gardens of their rundown houses, their stings reach levels of mean that could only end in blows. Behind the quips and the nagging, there is a real depression. The men probably feel that they are the ones spat at, as their sincere wish to make films and get credit for good work has gone unanswered for a long time.
Manfred Vainokivi has heaps of experience making films about creatives, as a considerable portion of his filmography falls into that category. The film in this year’s BNFF is in great part a follow up of his 2009 film “Jolly Old Farts”. However, when asked Vainokivi how he came up with the idea to make this film, the answer is: ""Kristjan wanted to pick a fight with Edvard, and I said, 'OK, I'll bring the camera' "".
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