In the running for the Palme d’Or with his film Tchaikovsky’s wifeKirill Serebrennikov did not mince his words on the Croisette to show his opposition to the war in Ukraine.
“No to war!” launched Wednesday, May 18 at the Cannes Film Festival the Russian director – breaking with the regime – Kirill Serebrennikov, at the end of the presentation of his film, Tchaikovsky’s wife in the running for the Palme d’Or.
“I am absolutely convinced that the culture and the people of the culture are capable of ensuring that this war ends” in Ukraine, he continued, to loud applause, surrounded by his actors at the end of the screening which opened the Cannes competition. “It will come to this end, it will come to a time and it will be peace”, he added, hiding behind his sunglasses.
Two and a half hours before, the filmmaker and his team had walked the red carpet, a very sober and extremely symbolic climb of the steps in the context of the war in Ukraine. Last year, under house arrest in Moscow, Serebrennikov was unable to come to Cannes to defend Petrov Fever already in competition, nor Leto in 2017.
Known for his daring creations and his support for LGBT+ people, Kirill Serebrennikov, also a theater director, inaugurates the Cannes competition in a film offering an intimate insight into the brief and disastrous marriage of composer Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky.
Tuesday May 17 in the evening, the opening ceremony of the 75e Cannes Film Festival was marked by a remote intervention by Ukrainian President Zelensky