An echoed Berlinale with dramas of world

The 73ᵉ edition of the film festival, where several Ukrainian and Iranian films will be presented, opened Thursday, February 16.

by Clarisse Fabre (Berlin, Special Envoy)

No more film festival now opens without a speech by Volodymyr Zelensky. After Cannes, and the Mostra of Venice, the Ukrainian president sent a video message on Thursday, February 16, during the opening ceremony of the 73 e edition of the Berlinale, which takes place until on February 26. Almost a year after Ukraine’s invasion by Russia, on February 24, 2022, Volodymyr Zelensky said that cinema “can inspire and influence people who can change the world”. “Culture and cinema cannot be outside politics, when it comes to a policy of aggression, mass crimes, murders, terror (…) a total war policy like the is that of Russia, “he added, before thanking the Berlinale for” her attention “, with a program of Ukrainian films, a co-production forum, as well as a meeting with documentaries who continue to testify with their camera.

On the scene of the Berlinale Palast, in Berlin, Sean Penn approved the words of Zelensky, while the actor and director will present in special superpower session, Friday, February 17, his co -edited documentary with Aaron Kaufman, turned as close as possible of the Ukrainian president at the time of the invasion. Other films are showing, in different parallel sections, such as W Ukrainie, by Piotr Pawlus and Tomasz Wolski, We Will Not Fade Away, Alisa Kovalenko, Eastern Front, Vitaly Mansky and Yevhen Titarenko, Iron Butterflies, From Roman Liubyi, do you love me ?, From Tonia Noyabrova. In a common message, the two co -directors of the Berlinale, Mariëtte Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, “strongly condemned the war of Russian aggression against Ukraine”: “Our thoughts and our sympathy are with the victims, the suffering population, The millions of people who left Ukraine, and the artists who stayed to defend the country and continue to film the war. “

This opening of the festival, while solemnity, went hand in hand with a certain restraint, the arrival of personalities on the red carpet being to the sound of soft music, without noise. The stars, especially American, who are back after two editions marked by the pandemic, had a word to evoke the gravity of the news. Volodymyr Zelensky “is a hero of our time,” said actress Anne Hathaway, who came to present, during a press conference, the opening film (out of competition) by Rebecca Miller, She Came to Me, with Peter Dinklage.

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