...and Juliet

The film’s author runs audition for a film after Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Three female actors come to try for “Juliet”.
What if Romeo and Juliet luckily survived? Would they have been happy together? This question is answered by yet another audition.
The audition is over. A feature film “Romeo and Juliet” transforms into “...and Juliet” docufiction.
None of the actors knew the very audition was actually to become the film. They had been invited to try for a part in a film after “Romeo and Juliet” that was never going to happen.
It was vital to keep them unaware for audition spontaneity and genuineness. Of course, they were informed later and asked for permission to use their auditions in the film.

  • Anar Azimov
    Director
  • Anar Azimov
    Writer
  • Vuano Films
    Producer
  • Kateryna Molchanova
    Key Cast
    Marianna, We Are Here We Are Close
  • Tata Taranyuk
    Key Cast
  • Victoria Lugovtsova
    Key Cast
  • Sofia Stelmakh
    Key Cast
  • Oleksandr Nykonovych
    Cinematographer
  • Anar Azimov
    Cinematographer
  • Vlad Donchenko
    Sound
  • Anar Azimov
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 5, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Ukraine
  • Country of Filming:
    Ukraine
  • Language:
    Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • Philippe Louis Galliano
    Sales Agent
Director Biography - Anar Azimov

Born in 1969 in Baku, Azerbaijan. PhD in Philosophy (1995). British Council Playwright Course graduate (1999). Alexander Sokurov’s Film Directing online course graduate (2021).
Né en 1969 à Bakou, Azerbaïdjan. Doctorat en philosophie (1995). Diplômée du British Council Playwright Course (1999). Diplômé du cours en ligne de réalisation de films d'Alexander Sokurov (2021).

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Director Statement

I had been thinking to make a documentary about casting for a few years. The idea emerged as I watched dozens of audition videos and realised they were of unique artistic value. It’s very precious to see how an actor becomes a character before your very eyes.
From the very beginning, I knew it’d be based on Shakespeare. Only recently had i understood it must be “Romeo and Juliet”.
So, there’s some fiction added to this documentary: being one of the characters in the film, I “am planning” to make a film that is never going to happen.
Due to COVID-19 domestic lockdown, one of the actresses stayed in another city and couldn’t come; so, she sent me her audition video. Her role was “Juliet who survived”. I wrote that part to speculate what if Romeo and Juliet had managed to escape and live together. This unexpected situation with the video sent from another city actually fit the “what if” idea because Romeo and Juliet would certainly have been on exile then.