Cannes Screening of Mariupolis 2 Doctor From Director killed in Ukraine

Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius filming the sequel to his 2016 documentary in early April when he was killed during the Russian invasion of Mariupol.

Documentary Mariupolis 2

The Cannes Film Festival has added another film to its official selection: the documentary Mariupolis 2 from director Mantas Kvedaravicius, who killed in Ukraine in early April while working on the film.

Documenting Russia’s invasion of the country

The film is a follow-up to Kwedervisius’ 2016 Doctor Mariupolís, which followed the lives of everyday civilians in Mariupol as the threat of war with Russia escalates. Kvedaravicius returned to Mariupol this year to document Russia’s invasion of the country. He killed there on April 2 at the age of 45.

In a statement at the time, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry wrote: “While [he] was trying to leave Mariupol, the Russian occupiers killed the Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedravicius.”

Kvedravicius’s fiancée

Hannah Bilobrova, who accompanied him to Mariupol and credited as a co-director on the new film, able to bring back footage filmed there and cut it together with editor Dunia Sychov to finish Mariupolz 2. gave. The film will screen at the Bunuel Theater in Cannes on May 19 and the Agnes Varda Theater on May 20.

“It was necessary to show it [so] we added it,” the festival said in a statement.

Cannes has publicly condemned Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine and banned the official Russian delegation from this year’s festival.

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