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Kirill Serebrennikov in Cannes: "You can use him for Russian propaganda"

2022-05-22T16:58:49.416Z

Cannes at War: A Ukrainian Filmmaker Denounces the Participation of Russian Director Kirill Serebrennikov. He had criticized the blanket boycott of his native culture.



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For a moment she breaks the glamor on the red carpet in Cannes on Friday: An unknown pro-Ukrainian activist has painted herself blue and yellow among the film stars and barely audibly shouts the words "Stop raping us".

On Saturday evening, too, the film festival is dedicated to the war.

Ukrainian director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk is showing his debut film »Pamfir«: a story set in the forests of western Ukraine about a father's return to his family, which also tells of the invincible Ukrainian people.

The Ukrainian director criticized the festival for inviting Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov to the competition.

Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, Ukrainian director: »It should be normal for all cultural institutions to cancel any Russian participation.

And it doesn't matter whether he's a refugee, an opposition figure or a dissident.

Here he is part of the Russian propaganda and they can use him as their citizen.”

In Cannes, the Russian Serebrennikov took a clear stand against the war in Ukraine and at the same time spoke out against a blanket boycott of Russian culture.

Kirill Serebrennikov, Russian director: »The boycott of Russian culture is intolerable.

Russian culture has always championed human values, human fragility, compassion for souls, for the vulnerable.

Russian culture has always been anti-military, anti-war, because war wants to destroy the values ​​I have listed.

Those who declare wars throw people into the trenches and don't care about their lives, their pain.

The word culture and the word war are completely opposite.«

Days earlier, Kirill Serebrennikov had presented his film »Tchaikovsky's Wife«.

He tells of the unhappy marriage of the famous homosexual composer.

The festival defended Serebrennikov's invitation.

Russian artists with ties to the government and official delegations from Russia have been unloaded.

In addition, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj gave a speech at the opening ceremony via video link.

Two Ukrainian documentaries were also shown and the opening film was renamed from »Z« to »Coupez!« to avoid any confusion with the Russian war symbol.

The Palme d'Or will be awarded in Cannes on May 28, and Serebrennikov's »Tchaikovsky's Wife« is also a contender for what is probably the most important award for international film art.

Source: spiegel

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