CANNES: Roskino Chief Pays Tribute Russia-Ukraine

Producers Natalya Mokritskaya and Mila Rozanova presented footage from 'Battle for Sevastopol'

CANNES — The Russian Pavilion in Cannes kicked off its program of activities Thursday with a show of support for movie biz co-operation between Ukraine and Russia.

The program is organized by Russian film industry support agency Roskino, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Its director general, Katya Mtsitouridze, expressed her faith in the ability of cinema to build bridges. “Even though the geopolitical conditions are not very easy, we think and hope that culture and cinema is the best language to communicate between us,” she said.

Producers Natalya Mokritskaya and Mila Rozanova were at the event to present the latest footage from the Ukraine and Russia co-production “Battle for Sevastopol.” The film looks at the life of Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko, who formed a friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt on a tour of the U.S. during World War II. Mokritskaya said that both Ukraine and Russia had honored their commitments to the project, which will be released next year to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Mtsitouridze said: “This is an example of what we consider to be a good liaison between two nations, despite whatever problems we have had recently.”

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