Spectators are invited to support the release of Kirill Serebrennikov through a message and a group photo


Les Films de Cannes à Bucharest and The National Theatre Festival invite the viewers to support the release of Kirill Serebrennikov by a message and a group photo before the film Leto on Wednesday at 20:15 at Cinema PRO.

This year, Cannes made an exception and featured a film in the absence of the director. The film is Leto, directed by the Russian Kirill Serebrennikov. His seat in the imposing Grand Théâtre Lumière was empty – but even so, at the end of the show, the audience applauded for minutes in a row.

Serebrennikov could not be present at the premiere, despite the repeated insistence of Cannes delegates and French diplomacy.

Kirill Serebrennikov, considered to be one of Russia’s most talented theater and film directors, was remarked in 2008 with the award-winning Yuri’s Day in Locarno. In 2012, he was selected for competition in Venice with Betrayal. In 2016, (M)ucenic was selected in the competition Un Certain Regard at Cannes festival and Leto was showed in this year’s main competition of the festival. As a theater director, Serebrenikov was awarded the Europa Prize and the Daniil Harms Prize, for Nureev Ballet in 2017, the Golden Mask Award for the Chaadsky Opera Performance and also the prize „Benois de la danse”, in 2018.

Kirill Serebrennikov was detained in St. Petersburg in August 2017, during his filming for Leto and accused of misappropriation – accusations qualified by the director as “absurd and schizophrenic.” The film Leto was edited during his house arrest.

Serebrennikov’s arrest triggered a revolt in the world of artistic world, as his name is inscribed on a valuable work, memorable shows and high quality films. In Russia, the artists formed a coalition to sustain the realization of the director – Natalia Soljenițîna, President of Soljenițîn; Foundation, Alexandr Kaliaghin, President of the Theatre Union In Russia; Vladimir Urin, General Director of Bolshoi Theatre; Lev Dodin – Director of Malîi Theatre in St. Petersburg; the directors Fiodor Bondarciuk or Aleksei Gherman.

Mihail Barîșnikov sent a letter of support. The famous ballet dancer and choreographer wrote: „Resist, dear Kirill. You know that officials, investigators, prosecutors and their superiors are deprived of all grace. Their only talent is that of the executioner who expresses himself on the background of unlimited power and individual manic obscurantism “.

Three days after Serebrennikov’s arrest, over ten thousand theater and film lovers from all over the world joined the petition demanding his release, among them Cate Blanchett, Danis Tanovic, Maren Ade, and Volker Schlöndorff.

Serebrennikov pays for the tenacity with which he expresses his political opinions – both in art and in public life, although he always encounters various types of censorship. When he tried to show a documentary about Pussy Riot at Gogol Center, the projection was banned by the Ministry of Culture. “We return to the most pathetic Soviet practices,” he said publicly, in 2016, in a discussion about censorship of the artists in Russia.

On Wednesday, Les Films de Cannes scheduled Leto at 20:15 at Cinema PRO and invites artists and theater and film lovers from Romania to support the release of Kirill Serebrennikov and the freedom of expression of artists through a message and a group photo.

All viewers wishing to support the release of the Russian theater and film director are invited to come to the cinema with the message FREE KIRIL SEREBRENIKOV and to be part of the group photo to join the artists who demand that the director’s unconditional bail – a joint initiative of the festival Les Films de Cannes à Bucharest and The national Theatre Festival.

The shows and events at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest continue until October 28 and the film that will close the festival is Sunset, by László Nemes (Son of Saul – Grand Prix award at Cannes Festival and Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, 2016). The film premiered this autumn in the main competition of the Venice Festival, where it received the FIPRESCI prize. In the film we find the Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov, playing the role of the businessman Oszkár Brill. Sunset is scheduled on Sunday, October the 28th, after the closing Gala that will start at 18:00 at Cinema PRO.

The tickets and reservations, including the shows with free entry are available online on Eventbook.ro and at the ticket offices in each movie theater. Starting today, the available subtitles can be found on site the program of the festival.

The information updates and the program of the festival are available on the site  filmedefestival.ro and on the official Facebook page or on Instagram.


The Festival Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is presented by Orange Romania, traditional partner of the event.

Supported by: BRD – Groupe Société Générale

Official car of the festival: Renault

With the support of Catena, Groupama Asigurări, Silva, Apa Nova

The 9th Edition of the festival Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is organized by The Association Cinemascop and Voodoo Films and realized in partnership with French Embassy and The French Institute in Bucharest.

Les Films de Cannes à Bucharest is a cultural project financed by the Ministry of Culture and National identity, The National Cinematography Center and the Bucharest City Hall represented by ARCUB, realized with the support of SACD / Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques, the European Commission Representation in Romania, DACIN SARA, CREDIDAM.

Partners: Air France, KLM, Romanian Cultural Institute, The Mexican Embassy in Romania, Hotel Mercure, Hotel Cișmigiu, UPS, Defi, SERVE, Hyperion University, Librăria Kyralina, L’Atelier des Fêtes.

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