By JAKE COYLE, AP Movie Author
CANNES, France (AP) — Celebrated Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov is banned from leaving his dwelling nation, so he’s attending the Cannes Movie Competition just about. Serebrennikov phoned into the red-carpet premiere of his movie, “Petrov’s Flu,” by FaceTime and spoke to the media on Tuesday by Zoom.
A seat was left open for the 51-year-old director when “Petrov’s Flu” premiered Monday in Cannes. It wasn’t the primary time Serebrennikov was compelled to overlook a Cannes premiere. In 2018, he was beneath home arrest when his movie “Leto” debuted on the competition.
Serebrennikov is not beneath home arrest in Russia, however he is unable to journey exterior the nation. He was convicted of fraud in 2020 and sentenced to probation and fined for embezzlement.
The decision was seen as a hit for inventive freedom in Russia – prosecutors had sought a six-year sentence in a penal colony – and concluded a high-profile, years-long authorized battle for Serebrennikov, considered one of Russia’s most distinguished theater and movie administrators. The case towards him was protested broadly all through the Russian inventive neighborhood and internationally.
On Tuesday, Serebrennikov joined the center of the information convention for “Petrov’s Flu” remotely whereas actors and producers showing in particular person flanked the monitor. He joked that through the pandemic, everybody has gotten to expertise a model of his isolation.
“My state of affairs has a lot improved,” Serebrennikov stated. “Final time, three years in the past, there was no tv. I used to be not with you, so it is a lot better right now. Everyone seems to be getting used to this pattern. I’ve turn into a Zoom character. You might be used to Zoom and I’m, too.”
Serebrennikov wrote “Petrov’s Flu” whereas beneath home arrest, basing it on the 2018 novel by Alexei Salnikov a couple of flu epidemic in Russia. The movie, which is in competitors for Cannes’ high honor, the Palme d’Or, obtained glowing evaluations on the competition.
On the Cannes pink carpet, solid members and producers wore badges with the director’s picture and initials.
“Yesterday was a double celebration for us. We had directly the premiere in Cannes with the pink carpet,” Serebrennikov stated. “However I am additionally capturing my subsequent movie within the studio. The place we’re capturing, we arrange a pink carpet so as to have the ability to help the actors and staff who’re in Cannes.”
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