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Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa plans to make a documentary about the Russian invasion


Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa has announced that he will make a documentary about Russian atrocities in Ukraine.

Cannes, France:

Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa plans to make a documentary about the war in his country, he said Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, where he presented his film “The Natural History of Destruction”.

“I haven’t been back to Ukraine yet since the war started but of course I plan to go, and I plan to make a film, about these atrocities that are happening right now. “said the director, who lives in Lithuania. , told Reuters in an interview.

Russia is heading into the fourth month of its invasion of Ukraine, which it calls a “special operation”. The fighting has killed thousands, uprooted millions and reduced Ukrainian cities to rubble.

Loznitsa has screened eight times at Cannes, and his film “In the Fog” competed for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, in 2012.

“The Natural History of Destruction,” which is based on a book of the same name by WG Sebald, uses archival footage to examine the Allied bombing of Germany during World War II.

The moral issues surrounding the targeting and demoralization of civilian populations in this campaign have not been resolved and are relevant in Ukraine today, Loznitsa said.

“The lessons that had to be learned after World War II were never learned,” he said.

On a subject that made the buzz in Cannes, Loznitsa defended his opposition to the boycott of Russian filmmakers.

“Culture in general, by definition, is against war – it’s something that is absolutely against all war,” he said, echoing exiled Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov who also spoken last week against the boycott of Russian culture.

Serebrennikov has been critical of the invasion of Ukraine and his film “Tchaikovsky’s Wife” is the only Russian entry to the festival.

The Cannes Film Festival banned official Russian delegations. But Ukrainian director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk reversed his decision to include a Russian director.

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