Sean Penn's film about Russia's war against Ukraine screened at Berlinale film festival

18 February, 04:40 PM
Sean Penn's film about Ukraine premiered at the Berlinale (Photo:REUTERS/Nadja Wohlleben)

Sean Penn's film about Ukraine premiered at the Berlinale (Photo:REUTERS/Nadja Wohlleben)

The 73rd Berlin International Film Festival has held the premiere of Superpower, a movie about Russia's war against Ukraine by U.S. actor and director Sean Penn, The Hollywood Reporter wrote on Feb. 17.

Before the premiere of the documentary, Penn thanked the Ukrainian people for their support as they bravely fight for their freedom. He also mentioned that he had returned from Ukraine just a few days before the premiere, which was his sixth trip to the war-torn country, and added that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had already seen his film — for him, the premiere took place earlier in the week.

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The premiere of Superpower was attended by German actor and activist Clemens Schick, Berlinale executive director Mariette Rissenbeek, and Ukrainian singer Tina Karol.

Footage from the premiere of Penn's film was shared on the Instagram page of Zelenskyy’s chief-of-staff Andriy Yermak.

Penn worked on the documentary with producer and director Aaron Kaufman. The picture includes footage shot in Ukraine back in November 2021, as well as episodes with Zelenskyy and life in Kyiv at the beginning of the full-scale invasion.

The Berlin Film Festival takes place from Feb. 16 to 26 with Ukraine in the spotlight. The symbol of the Berlin Film Festival, the official badge for participants and guests of the Berlinale, the Golden Bear, has changed its color this year. As a sign of support for Ukraine, it became blue and yellow.

President Zelenskyy delivered a speech at the opening ceremony, and this year's competition programs include six Ukrainian movies and two pictures about Ukraine. On the day of the anniversary of the full-scale invasion, a solidarity event with Ukraine will be held on the red carpet of the festival.

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