His fiancée was able to save the footage he was shooting there to show the world his documentary being created.
“As we know, the Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravičius, to whom we owe Barzakh (2011), mariupolis (2016) and Parthenon (2019), was captured and murdered by the Russian army in early April in Mariupol. 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. The movie is called Mariupolis 2it was important to show it, we added it.”
This is how the organizers of the 74th Cannes Film Festival announce the addition of Mariupol 2documentary on the war currently taking place in Ukraine, in the official selection.
The production notes say more about this project co-produced by several European countries: Studio Uljana Kim and Extimacy Films for Lithuania, Easy Riders Films for France and Twenty Twenty Vision for Germany.
“Do you know what is most extraordinary about Mariupol? None of its inhabitants feared death, even though it was omnipresent. Death was already here, and no one wanted to die for nothing. People helping each other, risking their lives. They smoked outside and talked, in spite of the bombs falling. There was no more money and life was too short to remember, and everyone was content with what they had, surpassing themselves. There was no longer any past, or future, or judgment, or innuendo. It was heaven in hell, the delicate wings of the butterfly approaching , the smell of death in its raw dimension. It was life throbbing.”
We will know more about Mariupol 2 at its first screening, Thursday May 19 on the Croisette.
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