President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky made a video address at the opening ceremony of the 79th Venice Film Festival, calling on the world film community to unite for the country’s cause
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“I am grateful for the opportunity to speak here about our situation,” Zelensky said in a video conference address to moviegoers and industry representatives at the film festival.
“Your opinion matters and your voice counts”.
“The least you can do – or what you shouldn’t do – is not to be afraid. Don’t turn your back on us. Don’t go beyond. Don’t remain neutral,” the Ukrainian president added.
Then came the terrifying cinematic aspect of Zelensky’s speech
“For 189 days, this story is without competition, a drama based on facts, a story of murderers and butchers, a tragedy without Morricone’s music, a horror of explosions and death that lasts more than 120 minutes,” the Ukrainian leader pointed out.
After Zelensky finished, a list of Ukrainian casualties in the conflict, which has been going on for more than six months, was projected on the screen.
Volodymyr Zelensky also took part in the Cannes Film Festival and the Grammy Awards ceremony, DPA recalls.
Events in solidarity with Ukraine are also planned in Venice.
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the festival’s opening ceremony.
The chairman of the jury of the festival is the American actress Julianne Moore.
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