(Paris) The latest film by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravičius, killed in early April in Mariupol in Ukraine where he had shot it, will be presented out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival, which announced it on Thursday.

Mariupolis 2, which “shows the life that continues under the bombs and unveils images as tragic as they are hopeful”, has been added to the official list of films, just days before the opening of the 75th Festival of Cannes Tuesday.

It will be screened on May 19 and 20, a statement said.

The entire Festival program will have the war in Ukraine as a backdrop, inevitably “in everyone’s mind”, according to its general delegate Thierry Frémaux.

Two generations of Ukrainian filmmakers will be present, with the regular Sergei Loznitsa for The Natural History of Destruction, on the destruction of German cities by the Allies during the Second World War, but also the young Maksim Nakonechnyi for Bachennya Metelyka (Un certain regard) .

Mantas Kvedaravičius, to whom we owe Barzakh (2011), Mariupolis (2016) and Parthenon (2019), was killed while trying to leave Mariupol, a port city in southeastern Ukraine.

“In 2022, he returned to Ukraine, in the Donbass, in the heart of the war, to find the people he had met and filmed between 2014 and 2015. Following his death, his producers and collaborators put everything strives to continue to transmit its work, its vision, its films”, specifies the festival in its text.

“His fiancée, Hanna Bilobrova, who accompanied him, was able to bring the footage back there and put it together with Dounia Sichov, the editor of Mantas,” he adds.

The latter said she was “very moved to announce” the screening. “Mantas, thank you,” she tweeted.

His previous film, Mariupolis (2016), told the story of a city under siege.

Born in 1976, Mantas Kvedaravicius made a name for himself with this film, shot in Mariupol and presented for the first time at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016.

Also a doctor of anthropology, Mantas Kvedaravičius wanted to testify as a filmmaker, “as far as possible from the hustle and bustle of the media and politicians”, according to the press release.



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