“Tchaikovsky’s Wife” by the Russian director presented at Cannes

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A film by a Russian director who criticized President Vladimir Putin was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Tchaikovsky’s Wife” by director Kirill Serebrennikov is among the films nominated for the Palme d’Or.

The main character is Antonina, the wife of the 19th century composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

It depicts the collapse of their marriage and her declining mental state.

The audience gave Serebrennikov a standing ovation after the official screening.

They congratulated the director for coming to the festival, since many Russians are excluded from it.

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, festival organizers banned government-linked Russians from participating in this year’s event.

Serebrennikov is a critic of Putin and has made satires of Russian society. He was accused of embezzling public funds and was placed under house arrest, which prevented him from participating in the festival in 2018 and 2021.

He left Russia in March after the invasion of Ukraine and now lives in Berlin.

Serebrennikov gave a press conference before the screening. He said he understood people demanding a boycott of the Russians because what is happening in Ukraine is painful and unbearable.

But he added that it is impossible to call for a boycott of culture on the basis of nationality alone, because culture is like air, water, clouds and other things that are independent. .

He went on to say that theater and cinema are what help people feel alive.

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