An open letter against the war in Ukraine has been signed by prominent Russian filmmakers, led by Fedor Lyass (“Hardcore Henry”).
Signatories include Roman Vasyanov (“Suicide Squad”, “Fury”), Mikhail Krichman (“Loveless”, “Leviathan”), Pavel Kapinos (“Hardcore Henry”), Vladislav Opelyants (“Leto”, “Petrov’s Flu”, “ Persian Lessons”) and Pavel Fomintsev (“Unclenching Fists”).
Since the start of Russia’s attack on Ukraine on February 24, Russian filmmakers and animators have bravely come together and spoken out against their government’s actions and appealed to the international community for support. In doing so, the signatories put themselves at risk both personally and professionally. Alexander Rodnyansky, the producer of two-time Oscar-nominated ‘Leviathan,’ ‘Loveless’, told Variety last week that he felt “unbearably ashamed” and “incredibly, deeply sad” when news of the invasion Russian from Ukraine broke.
The full translated text of the letter and the list of signatories are below:
We Russian filmmakers demand an end to military aggression against Ukraine, an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory.
On February 22, 2022, Russia started a war with Ukraine. There are no geopolitical excuses, no goals of any kind that would justify taking human lives – don’t let the propaganda convince you otherwise. The officially declared objectives of this “operation” have nothing to do with reality: war is taking place all over Ukraine, people are being killed or forced to flee their homes and spend their nights in bomb shelters . What can possibly justify that? What greater goal is worth for the people of Kiev to learn to distinguish a Grad rocket from a Smerch rocket by sound? Such a goal does not exist.
The so-called “military operation” will isolate Russia from the rest of the world for decades, expel it from the international cultural scene, lead to devastating consequences for its economy and taint us and our children with deserved shame. We haven’t done enough to prevent this war, but we don’t want it and won’t let it happen in our name.
We demand an end to the war with Ukraine.
Marlen Butros Yusef
Lotos Soony Park