Clear words from the Russian star director Kirill Serebrennikov. In Cannes he called for an immediate end to the Ukraine war.
He is considered one of the best-known and most opinionated Russian directors. Kirill Serebrennikov (52) has once again announced his rejection of the Putin regime in his home country. During a speech at the Cannes Film Festival, Serebrennikov called for an immediate end to the war in Ukraine, according to media reports.
After the screening of his film “Tchaikovsky’s Wife”, the exiled Russian sang “No to war” into the audience and received thunderous applause from the film festival guests. According to the filmmaker, he is convinced that culture and above all the people in the cultural scene are capable of ending the war in Ukraine. In his opinion, this end will come at some point and peace will come again. The competition for this year’s Golden Palm was opened with his work.
Kirill Serebrennikov lives in exile in Berlin
Serebrennikov was given a three-year suspended sentence in Russia in the summer of 2020 for alleged misappropriation of public funds. After half of his sentence had expired, he was allowed to leave the country and has lived in Berlin ever since. The director is known for his controversial films, which primarily work for the recognition and equality of the LGBTQ scene. Serebrennikov himself is openly homosexual.
The historical drama “Tchaikovsky’s Wife” is about the turbulent relationship between the Russian composer Pjotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) and his wife Antonina (1848-1917). The focus is on the musician’s homosexuality, which he lived in secret, and over time he rejected his wife and found her physically repulsive. This drives Antonina increasingly insane.