The 75th Anniversary Cannes Film Festival, the most significant forum of its kind in Europe and one of the most important in the world, started on May 17 on the Cote d’Azur and continued until May 28. In 2020, it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic; in 2021, it was held in an diminished format. This year it was held as usual, but under unusual conditions – against the backdrop of a terrible war in the center of Europe.
The premiere of two Ukrainian films took place in Cannes: a documentary film by Sergei Loznitsa “The Natural History of Destruction” about the bombing of German cities during the Second World War and the film “Butterfly Vision” directed by Maksim Nakonechnyi.
In total, 20 films competed in the official competition program. Among their creators there are many who have already participated in the Cannes Film Festival, and some even received the Palme d’Or, the main award of this film festival. For example, Canadian film director, screenwriter and actor David Cronenberg, one of the largest representatives of American independent cinema, who is a two-time winner of the Cannes Film Festival and even headed its jury at one time, came to the Cote d’Azur with the film “Crimes of the Future” starring Lea Seydoux, Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart.
Ukrainian model, TV presenter, businesswoman and owner of the Ukrainian-French International Order Natalia Zhir also visited the Cannes Film Festival, where she expressed her solidarity with Ukraine and asked everyone to support the Ukrainian people.