Cannes Film Festival bans Russia from 2022

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PARIS — The Cannes film festival said in a statement on Tuesday that it would ban official Russian delegations from its 2022 festival unless the conflict in Ukraine ends.

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He added that the festival would only admit official Russian delegations if the conflict in Ukraine ended in a way acceptable to the Ukrainian people.

The organizers of the festival, however, praised the courage of the Russians who took the risk of protesting against the aggression and the invasion of Ukraine.

“Among them there are artists and film professionals who have never stopped fighting against the current regime and who are in no way associated with these intolerable acts and those who bomb Ukraine,” they said. they stated.

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Cannes, one of the world’s top film festivals, was launched in 1939 in part to protest Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s interference with the then-leading Venice film festival.

“Faithful to its own history, which began in 1939 in the resistance against fascist and Nazi dictatorships, the Cannes Film Festival will always be at the side of artists… who denounce violence, repression and injustice”, a- he declared.

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