In what is now the third protest to take place on the Cannes red carpet during the festival, a group of Ukrainian filmmakers called out Russian “genocide” in their country and urged the world not to look the other way.
Filmmakers of the movie “Butterfly Vision” held a banner on the steps of the Grand Palais theater on Wednesday that read “Russians are killing Ukrainians. Do you find it offensive and disturbing to speak about this genocide?” The participants also held transparent squares in front of their faces, showing the online icon of a crossed-out eye warning of disruptive content on social media or the web in general, for their display you have to log in. The filmmakers also wore t-shirts with the same message during their pre-film photo op.
Butterfly Vision, which premiered in the Un Certain Regard section on Wednesday and is directed by Maksym Nakonechnyi, is a Ukrainian film about a soldier who, after months in prison, discovers she is pregnant after being killed by was raped by her brutal jailer.
Nakonechnyi appeared on the red carpet with his producers Darya Bassel and Yelizaveta Smit, as well as leading lady Rita Burkovska. Bassel is a Ukrainian film producer who spoke to TheWrap hours after fleeing Kyiv on the day the Russian bombings in Ukraine began in February. You can read her account here.
At the start of the festival, an unplanned demonstration disrupted the red carpet for George Miller’s film Three Thousand Years of Longing when a topless, screaming woman wearing body paint of the Ukrainian flag was escorted off the red carpet.
But there was additional backlash because Cannes booked the competition title “Tchaikovsky’s Wife” by a Russian director and was backed by a Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich.