– After the Russian attack last week, the professional body and the festival shared their support; the first is ready to offer its assistance in the implementation of protective measures in coordination with the CIRF
The European film industry is ready and willing to support the Ukrainian cause and the local film community. Today we publish the statements provided by the European Federation of Screen Directors (FERA) and the Berlinale.
In their official statement, FERA representatives said: “We stand in full solidarity with the Ukrainian people, with our colleagues, relatives and friends in Ukraine, as well as with those who oppose the conflict in Russia and Belarus, in the midst of a dangerous and uncertain situation following the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army. Our network, in coordination with partners such as the International Coalition of Filmmakers in Danger [see the news], remains at their disposal to assist in the implementation of the relevant protection and relocation measures according to their needs, as soon as possible. Our community calls on European leaders to implement these measures now, but also to respond to the call of our Ukrainian colleagues today. »
The release is followed by a collective statement from Ukrainian filmmakers: “Today Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine. Now, more than ever, we need the help of the international community and of all those who understand that tomorrow, war may be at your doorstep. We have been talking about the war in eastern Ukraine in our films for eight years. You’ve seen them at festivals. But this is not a film, but our reality. And today, this reality has spread throughout our country without exception. Ukrainian filmmakers call on you not to be silent and not to stay away. They ask for help and for certain actions that can help Ukraine find peace.
In a press release issued last week, the Berlinale team said: “We – festival-goers, artists, filmmakers… – think fondly of our friends in Ukraine, and we stand with them in a call for peace. A week ago, the Berlin International Film Festival celebrated a complicated but successful edition. Filmmakers, artists and journalists from all over the world have gathered in Berlin for a collective and joyful experience. The feeling of being together again, regardless of nationality, religion or culture, transported us in a way that film festivals can accomplish. While these memories remain fresh, other images have burst into our lives, bringing a darker perspective. The world is on the brink of a huge crisis. A showcase for the free world, the Berlinale has always placed at its center the notion of freedom and the desire to build a bridge between East and West. Throughout its history, the Berlin International Film Festival has had the opportunity to present films related to Ukrainian history and culture in all sections of the festival – recently, this year Klondike [+see also:
interview: Maryna Er Gorbach
film profile] by Maryna Er Gorbach and Terikony by Taras Tomenko, Oleh Sentsovit’s Numbers [+see also:
interview: Oleg Sentsov
film profile] in 2020, a look back at the films of Kira Muratova and the first short films of Myroslav Slabospytsky, and much more. Movies cannot change society or the course of history, but they can help change people’s minds. The movies tell us that the world is already in too precarious a condition to add more suffering and destruction.