the screening of "Mariupolis 2" by director Mantas Kvedaravicius killed at the end of March in Ukraine, created emotion on the Croisette

the screening of “Mariupolis 2” by director Mantas Kvedaravicius killed at the end of March in Ukraine, created emotion on the Croisette

This film that almost never existed, “shows the life that continues under the bombs” and compiles the images shot by the Lithuanian documentary filmmaker, according to the terms of the Festival. Mantas Kvedaravicius died at the end of March in a bombardment by the Russian army.

A rare testimony shown while hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers entrenched in the Azovstal steelworks (the last pocket of resistance in Mariupol against the Russian army) are in the process of surrendering.

Mantas Kvedaravicius had already shot a first film in Mariupol, during the Donbass war. He had returned there, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine last February, “to find the people he had met and filmed between 2014 and 2015“.

Without voiceover or music, this new documentary alternates between long shots showing landscapes of desolation and scenes of the daily life of inhabitants trying to survive, some refugees in the basement of a church. The film shows them taking the air, cooking or attempting expeditions in destroyed neighborhoods to recover food or objects such as an electricity generator. The sounds of gunfire and bombardments are incessant during the 1 hour and 45 minutes of the film.

If death is not very present on the screen, in one scene, a man in the basement of the church evokes the “theater”, in which women and children had sheltered before being bombarded in March , and the fate of the Azovstal site.

The film was added at the last minute by the organizers of the Festival, who had promised a 75th edition where Ukraine would be “in everyone’s mind” and already marked during the opening ceremony by the intervention, from kyiv, of the president and former actor Volodymyr Zelensky.

After the documentary filmmaker’s death, confirmed in early April, “his fiancée, Hanna Bilobrova, who accompanied him, was able to bring back the images shot there and put them together with Dounia Sichov, the editor of Mantas“, specified the Festival.

Ukraine will be present through other directors from this country: The Natural History of Destruction by the regular Sergei Loznitsa, on the destruction of German cities by the Allies during the Second World War (in special screening) and two first films: Butterfly Visions by Maksim Nakonechnyi (Un Certain Regard) and Pamfir (Directors’ Fortnight) by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk.



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