The beautiful Julian Moore was also there, and Eva Longoria had a nice supporting role: In any case, a Ukrainian “stole” the big appearance – Volodymyr Zelenskyj (44) used the connection from Kyiv for another propaganda offensive.
In his speech, Selenskyj alluded to Charlie Chaplin’s film classic “The Great Dictator” and said: “In the end hatred will disappear and the dictators will die.” Chaplin’s work, which premiered in 1940, is still considered a particularly effective satire against Adolf Hitler. “We need a new Chaplin to prove that the film world is not silent,” Zelenskyy said. With a view to the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, he asked: “Will the film world remain silent or will it raise its voice?” The audience acknowledged his speech with a standing ovation.
Even before Zelenskyj’s performance, the Ukraine war had determined the festival in the run-up: film titles and boycott demands had caused discussions. The last film by Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravicius, which will be shown twice in Cannes this week, was included in the program at short notice. Kvedaravicius was shot dead in Mariupol in April.
In Cannes, however, celebrities are once again crowding the red carpet this year: Tom Hanks, who plays in a film biopic about Elvis Presley by Baz Luhrmann, is just as expected as Tom Cruise, who is present with his sequel to the spectacle “Top Gun”. 30 years after the blockbuster, Cruise reprises his role as former fighter pilot, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who is now a flight instructor. The film will start in cinemas next week.