The 75th Cannes Film Festival kicks off in France on Tuesday. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky surprised the audience with a video. Zeninsky has called on the film industry to stand firmly behind Ukraine, which is taking on Russia. At the opening ceremony of the festival, Zelensky commented on the relationship between cinema and reality. Referring to films such as Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator,” Zenensky said the current situation in Ukraine is no different.
A new chaplain is needed at this time.
At the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival, President Zelensky mentioned the great comedian Charlie Chaplin. Zelensky read his final speech in the movie The Great Dictator, showing that the hatred of men would end and dictators would be killed. The power they took will return to the people. He also praised Charlie Chaplin’s caricature of German dictator Adolf Hitler. “We need a new chaplain this time, which will show that our cinema today is not calm,” Zelensky said.
A call to support actors in the film industry
This is not the first time that Volodymyr Zelensky has attended an international event to draw attention to the war in Ukraine. Last month, Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a video message during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. He called on actors in the film industry to support his country.