Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa plans to make a documentary about his country’s war, he said at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday, where he showed his film “The Natural History of Destruction.”
“I have not returned to Ukraine since the war began, but of course I would like to go there and make a film about the atrocities that are taking place at the moment,” the director, who lives in Lithuania, told Reuters in an interview.
Russia is heading into the fourth month of its aggression in Ukraine, which it has called a “special operation.” The war has killed thousands, uprooted millions and reduced Ukrainian cities to rubble.
Loganitsa has performed eight times at the Cannes, and her film “In the Fog” competed for the 2012 festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or.
“The Natural History of Destruction”, based on a book of the same name by WG Sebald, uses archival footage to test Allied bombings in Germany during World War II.
That campaign did not address the ethical issues surrounding the targeting and demoralization of the civilian population, and is relevant in Ukraine today, Lojnitsa said.
“The lessons that were to be learned after World War II were never actually learned,” he said.
One thing that has created a buzz in the ears is that Lojanitsa has defended her opposition to boycotting Russian filmmakers.
“Culture, by definition, opposes war – something that is absolutely against any war,” he said, echoing exiled Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, who last week spoke out against the boycott of Russian culture.
Serebrennikov has criticized the Ukraine invasion, and his film “Tikovsky’s Wife” is the only Russian entry into the festival.
The Cannes festival has officially banned Russian delegates. But Ukrainian director Dimitro Sukholitki-Sobchuk has panned out a move to include a Russian director.
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