Sirens sounded to present Ukrainian film in Cannes
Ahead of the screening, the film’s crew staged a protest on the red carpet against media censorship of the scenes coming from war-stricken Ukraine.
The artists sounded sirens and covered their faces with a crossed-eye symbol used by social media and meaning “Potentially unacceptable content. This photo may contain scenes of cruelty or violence.” The crew held a poster reading “Russians kill Ukrainians. Do you find it offensive and disturbing to talk about this Genocide?”
“It has been 3 months since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and the best thing the international film industry can continue to do is give a voice to Ukrainian artists. And our job, accordingly, is to continue to fight for Ukraine to be on the agenda,” said the director of the film Maxim Nakonechnyi.