Film by director killed in Mariupol to premiere at Cannes

Film by director killed in Mariupol to premiere at Cannes

The 75th Cannes Film Festival opens on Tuesday. The Lithuanian film will be presented on May 19 and 20, the text specifies.

The French film competition will predictably become a great platform for denouncing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a tragedy “that will be in all hearts”, in the words of its general delegate, Thierry Frémaux.

Two generations of Ukrainian filmmakers will be present: Sergei Loznitsa with “The Natural History of Destruction”, which recalls the destruction of German cities by the Allies during World War II, and the young Maksim Nakonechnyi with “Bachennya Metelyka”, in the section A certain look.

Mantas Kvedaravicius is the author of Barzakh (2011), Mariupolis (2016) and Parthenon (2019). He died while trying to leave that port city in southeastern Ukraine.

“In 2022 he returned to Ukraine, to Donbas, in the middle of the war, to meet with the people he had met and filmed between 2014 and 2015. After his death, his producers and collaborators got down to work to continue transmitting his work, his vision, his films“, specifies the festival.

His previous movie Mariupol (2016) told the story of a besieged city.

His girlfriend and an editor who worked with him managed to edit the second part of this film, which will be presented at Cannes.

Born in 1976, Doctor in Anthropology, Mantas Kvedaravicius presented Mariupol at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.