Mariupolis 2, a film by Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravicius, who was murdered by Russian forces in Mariupol in early April, will be screened at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, the festival announced on May 12.
According to the festival’s press service, Kvedaravicius’ fiancee, Hanna Bilobrova, was able to save the footage Kvedaravicius had shot, thus completing the filmmaker’s last work.
“It was essential to show it, we added it,” the festival said.
Mariupolis 2, a follow up to the filmmaker’s first work in Mariupol, Mariupolis, will be screened at the festival on May 19-20.
“Do you know what is the most extraordinary about Mariupol?” Read the shooting notes for the film.
“None of it inhabitants feared death, even when it was there. Death was already present and nobody wanted to die to no avail. People supported one another at the peril of their lives. They smoke and chatted outside, in spite of the bombs. There wasn’t any money left and life had become too short to be remembered, so people were content with what they had and pushed their limits. There no longer was any past or future, no judging, no implying anything. It was heaven in hell, the delicate wings of the butterfly fluttering closer and closer to one another, the smell of death in its raw dimension. It was the heartbeat of life.”
Kvedaravicius returned to Donbas in 2022 to shoot footage for Mariupolis 2. According to the Cannes Film Festival, he was captured and murdered by Russian invaders in early April.