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Polish City Cancels Roger Waters Gigs, Urges Him to Visit Ukraine

The Polish city of Krakow cancelled gigs by Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters because of his sympathetic stance toward Russia in its war against Ukraine, a local councilman said Monday, inviting the singer to visit Ukraine with him to see the extent of Russian crimes. Councilman Lukasz Wantuch said the city owns the arena where […]

Oliver Stone on New Documentary ‘Nuclear’ and Why the U.S. Needs to Work With Russia to Solve the Climate Crisis

In the film business, as in politics, timing is everything. And the timing of Nuclear, Oliver Stone’s new documentary, could hardly be worse. The doc, which premiered out of competition at the Venice Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 9 and is being sold worldwide by the Gersh Agency, is a plea for world powers to […]

Russian Dissident Gains Entry to Canada for Toronto Film Festival Premiere

Russian dissident Anastasia Shevchenko has managed to secure a Canadian visa to attend the Toronto Film Festival just hours before a short film about her, Anastasia, was set to screen here. After a world premiere at Telluride for Australian director Sarah McCarthy’s film about Shevchenko, the Russian activist was unable to get across the U.S.-Canadian […]

‘ABC World News Tonight’ Anchor David Muir Travels to Ukraine, Says Volodymyr Zelensky “Determined to Use Every Tool” to Keep West Engaged

Just a few weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year, ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir was the first American correspondent to interview the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky. Six months later, the war in Ukraine drags on, with Ukraine having defended Kyiv, and now weighing a counteroffensive in the East. Meanwhile, what had […]

How Europe’s Film Industry Is Backing Ukraine in the Culture War With Russia

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s impassioned speech, delivered Wednesday during the opening ceremony of the Venice Film Festival, was a reminder to the international film industry not to ignore or forget the war raging on Europe’s eastern borders. “Your opinion is important, and your voice counts,” Zelensky said in his recorded video, calling on the film […]

Jessica Chastain Details Trip to Ukraine Amid War: “I Needed a Few Weeks to Process Everything I Saw”

Jessica Chastain is beginning to share details from her trip to Ukraine amid the ongoing war with Russia, during which she met with President Volodymyr Zelensky. In a series of statements posted to her Twitter on Thursday, the 355 and Molly’s Game actress details the long journey to the country, also including a 50-second video […]

Filmmakers for Ukraine to Receive Humanitas’ Kieser Award

Filmmakers for Ukraine have been named the 2022 recipients of arts organization Humanitas’ Kieser Award for the group’s work connecting members of Ukraine’s film and TV community impacted by the Russia-Ukrainian War with resources, jobs and funding for basic needs. The independent group of European filmmakers, who came together following the Russian invasion of Ukraine […]

Venice Film Festival to Hold “Ukrainian Day’ in Solidarity With Ukraine and Its Artists

The Venice Film Festival is showing its solidarity with the people of Ukraine and the country’s film industry, by hosting a “Ukrainian Day” at the 79th Venice Festival. Planned for Thursday, Sept. 8, Ukrainian Day will feature a number of initiatives that focus attention on the plight of Ukrainian artists and filmmakers within the context […]

Poland Remake of Volodymyr Zelensky Sitcom ‘Servant of the People’ in the Works

Polish broadcaster Polsat has commissioned a local-language remake of Servant of the People, the Ukrainian comedy that launched the political career of President Volodymyr Zelensky. Currently under production under the local title Sluga Narodu, the Polish version of the series features local star Marcin Hycnar as an ordinary man who is unwittingly elected president. Maciej […]

American French Film Festival Unveils Documentary Lineup (Exclusive)

The American French Film Festival in Los Angeles has unveiled its documentary lineup, led by Loup Bureau’s Tranchées (Trenches), shot in the Donbas region of Ukraine months before Russia launched a full-scale invasion of the nation; the film focuses on local soldiers fighting against Moscow-supported separatists in a battle for survival. The festival, formerly known […]

New Sarajevo Film Festival Director Jovan Marjanovic on Supporting Ukraine Without Banning Russian Films

New Sarajevo Film Festival director Jovan Marjanović is promising “a vintage edition” for the 28th SFF. “We had a great opening film — Triangle of Sadness by Ruben Östlund — and we have a great closing film — May Labour Day by the Bosnian director Pjer Žalica, who’s one of the most beloved local filmmakers […]

Ukraine, Female Filmmakers in Focus at Sarajevo’s CineLink Program

When the Sarajevo Film Festival was launched, back in 1995, it was in defiance. Founded during the siege of the city during the Bosnian War, the festival stood as a symbol of the power and resilience of cinema even in the face of violence and war. In 2002, when the fest launched its CineLink program, […]