Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a special appearance at Cannes’ opening ceremony a few hours ago.
He described Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” and his strategies of producing films in time of wars.
Zelensky said: “The most brutal dictators of the 20th century loved cinema,” adding that most films made about those dictators were “horrific documentaries and newsreels.”
“On February 24, Russia began a war of huge proportion against Ukraine with the intention of going further into Europe… Hundreds of people die every day. They are not going to get up after the end,” he recalled.
“Will cinema stay silent, or will it talk about it? If there is a dictator, if there is a war for freedom, again, it all depends on our unity. Can cinema stay out of this unity? We need a new [Charlie] Chaplin who will prove that, in our time, cinema is not silent.”