The faces are closed, the eyes reddened.
The team of “Mariupolis 2” stands in front of the still black screen a few minutes before the screening, the premiere for this shocking documentary with such a particular history.
Added in extremis in the selection of the Cannes Film Festival, the film could never have seen the light of day.
Because its director, Mantas Kvedaravičius, was killed by Russian forces on March 30 while filming the besieged Ukrainian city, pounded by Vladimir Putin's army.
His fiancée, Hanna Bilobrova, who accompanied him, was able to bring back the images shot over several weeks.
With the editor Dounia Sichov, they wanted to finish his film.
To show these strong, rare, unique images.
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