Ukraine urges Cannes Film Festival not to allow Russian-made films to participate

19 April, 11:52 AM
Ukrainian State Film Agency appealed to the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival (Photo:@festivaldecannes/Instagram)

Ukrainian State Film Agency appealed to the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival (Photo:@festivaldecannes/Instagram)

The Ukrainian State Film Agency has published an appeal on Facebook on April 17 from the head of Ukrainian State Film Agency, Maryna Kuderchuk, urging the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival to ban Russian-made films from participating in the festival.

In her address, Kuderchuk notes that, despite Ukraine's call to the world film industry to boycott Russian cinema, the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival included the film ‘Tchaikovsky's Wife’ by Russian director Kirill Serebrennikow, in their competition program, published on April 14.

“And Ukrainian directors and other filmmakers at this time are forced to either fight against the Russian attack, or hide in bomb shelters, or volunteer in the rear, although, for sure, they would also choose the opportunity to make films, like Serebrennikow, but Russia deprived them of such a luxury,” Kuderchuk says in her statement.

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Calling the presentation of Ukrainian and Russian-made films in the same program “unacceptable”, Kuderchuk emphasizes that Cannes’ organizers current decision would give weight to “Russian propaganda for cultural reconciliation,” referring to Russian myths that Ukrainian culture is at best a subset of Russian culture.

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