Volodymyr Zelensky appeared on the opening night of the Venice International Film Festival, delivering a message in which he described the war in Ukraine as an 189-day horror film.
Ukraine’s president once again urged the film world not to “silence”, or become “tired” of news of the ongoing conflict.
The 79th International Film Festival opened on Wednesday night and runs until September 10.
In her pre-recorded and subtitled speech, Zelensky told viewers that the story of Ukraine is one that “goes beyond the limits of humanity and common sense.”
“It’s a drama based on real-life events,” he said.
“A tragedy of scores… explosions, shots and air raid warnings were heard.
“A horror film, not 120 minutes long but 189 days long. 189 days of war going on in Ukraine”.
He added that Russia wants the world to become “tired” of war.
“Their designs were never turned into reality.”
Addressing the audience directly, he continued: “Cultural personalities, film directors, producers and actors, playwrights, cinematographers, composers, art directors, writers Designers, Critics… Your opinion is important.
“Your voice is very important. Your word is powerful.
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“The least you can do, or rather shouldn’t do, is not to keep silent, not to be afraid, not to turn your back on… the war in Ukraine.”
Zelensky’s message included a list of the names of children and young people killed in the war, scrolled silently across a black screen.
Ukraine’s president previously delivered a similar message at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival in May.
At Cannes, his message was translated directly into French and received a standing ovation.
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