The 44th Moscow International Film Festival opened on Friday with a reduction in foreign representation amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Nikita Mikhalkov, the Oscar-winning director of Burnt By The Sun, denied it, saying: “It makes no difference to the stars that come in.
“I care about those who come, because they want to see us.”
Mikhalkov also praised Russia’s military activity in Ukraine.
These days, the heroes are in the Donbas, referring to the industrial heart of eastern Ukraine, two regions Russia recognized as sovereign this year after separatist forces were backed by Russia, he said. Conflict began against the Ukrainian government there in 2014.
“It is the birthplace of new elites and new heroes.
“In fact, a new world and a new society are being born there. The problem is unfortunately not everyone understands that this is serious and it’s here to stay,” he said.
The festival opens with the premiere of the much-anticipated Russian historical epic, Land Of Legends, directed by Anton Megerdichev.
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