The Berlinale has issued a statement of solidarity in light of the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine.
The statement said, “We – festival workers, artists, filmmakers … – think fondly of our friends in Ukraine and we are by their side in a call for peace.
”As a showcase of the free world, the Berlinale has always put at its centre the notion of freedom and the will to bridge East and West.”
The full statement appears below:
We – festival workers, artists, filmmakers … – think fondly of our friends in Ukraine and we are by their side in a call for peace.
One week ago, the Berlin International Film Festival was celebrating a complicated yet successful edition. Filmmakers, artists and journalists from all over the world gathered in Berlin to enjoy a collective and joyful experience. The feeling of being together again, with no distinctions of nationality, religion, or culture, transported us in a way that film festivals can accomplish.
While these memories remain fresh, other images have broken into our lives, bringing a darker perspective. The world is on a verge of a huge crisis. As a showcase of the free world, the Berlinale has always put at its centre the notion of freedom and the will to bridge East and West.
Throughout its history, the Berlin International Film Festival has had the opportunity to showcase films relating to Ukrainian history and culture in all sections of the festival, recently, this year’s Klondike by Maryna El Gorbach and Terykony by Taras Tomenko, Oleg Sentsov’s Numbers in 2020, back to the films of Kira Muratova and the early short films of Myroslav Slaboshpytsky, and many more.
Films cannot change the society and the course of history, but they can help in changing the minds of people. Films are telling us that the world is already in a too precarious condition to add even more suffering and destruction.