Cannes Film Festival: Ukrainian Filmmakers Protest Against Russian ‘Genocide’

The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine is causing a stir in the cannes film festival held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes in France.

The cast and crew members of butterfly vision film that premiered on May 25, made protests against the Russian “genocide”.

Ukrainian director Maksym Nakonechni and members of the production team, including producers Darya Bassel and Yelizaveta Smit and actress Rita Burkovska, held a banner that read: “Russians kill Ukrainians. Do you find it offensive or disturbing to talk about this genocide?”

Not only this banner, but the filmmakers also protested the conflict between Russia and Ukraine by wearing the t-shirts that said the same message.

The cast and crew of the movie “Butterly Vision” staged protests

They expressed their anguish in front of the Salle Debussy, the second largest theater in Cannes.

According to reports published by one of the media outlets, “Protesters were demonstrating against what they see as a dangerous form of censorship by social media platforms, which, in their opinion, hide the uncomfortable and disturbing reality of war. ”.

The movie “Butterly Vision” is about a Ukrainian female soldier, Lilia, who flees Russia and returns to her home country of Ukraine to lead a normal life after being held as a prisoner of war by the Russians for months. The film premiered on Wednesday in the Un Certain Regard section.

The official synopsis for the film reads: “The trauma of captivity continues to haunt her and emerges like a dream. Something growing deep inside Lilia will not let her forget, but she refuses to identify herself as a victim and will fight to free herself.”

Russian state delegations and anyone connected to the Putin administration were banned from the Cannes film festival this year. Although there were suggestions to boycott Russian films altogether, Russian filmmakers were allowed to participate in the event.

Previous protests that hit the Cannes festival red carpet

Well, for the inexperienced, let me tell you that this is the third such protest to be witnessed on the red carpet at the Cannes festival this year.

The first such case hit the festival on May 20 and ruined the red carpet for George Miller’s film. Before the premiere of Miller’s “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” an unidentified activist stripped completely naked to protest sexual violence committed against women following a special military operation announced by Russia in February 2022.

He had the colors of the Ukrainian flag on his body with the message “stop raping us” written on his stomach.

Then, on May 22, a further political statement was made when the feminists of Les Colleuses held up a banner with smoke devices. There were 129 names of women who have been victims of domestic violence in France since the last film festival.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was also invited to the Cannes film festival and mentioned the war during his opening speech saying, “Will the cinema be silent or will it talk about it?”

In his speech, he also tried to highlight the similarities between real-time warfare and fictional real-time warfare.

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