Cannes, France, May 19, 2022 – The roar of fighter jets over Cannes to welcome “Top Gun: Maverick” was a long way from welcome by the team behind a documentary about the Ukraine war, they said Thursday.
The festival gave an exceptional screening to “Mariupolis 2”, a documentary about the devastated city of Mariupol by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius, who was killed in Ukraine last month – – reportedly by Russian forces.
The team who helped complete the movie and bring it to Cannes told AFP they were horrified the previous evening when a French Air Force display team screeched across the sky as part of celebrations for the new Tom Cruise blockbuster.
“I was with a friend from Mariupol, a producer. She’s been experiencing the war for eight years,” said Hanna Bilobrova, the gf of Kvedaravicius, who was with him in Mariupol up to his death.
“We were on the balcony and heard jets flying and we almost lay down. Bombs didn’t follow. (My friend) began to cry.
“(She) was very ashamed about her reaction and I said there’s nothing to be ashamed about. We’re still alive,” Bilobrova added.
“Being in Mariupol, you get used to bombs. It’s always like that — people dying.”