Ukrainian-Polish short film to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival competition

The world premiere of the Ukrainian-Polish film “As it was” will take place in the main competition of short films at the 76th Cannes Film Festival. This is reported on the festival’s website.

The film “As it was” was directed by Ukrainian director Anastasiia Solonevych and Polish director Damian Kocur, who are also the authors of the screenplay. The events of the film take place in the winter of 2023. The heroine returns from Berlin to Kyiv for the first time since the start of a large-scale war and first meets with a friend, and then with her family. The main roles were played by Valeriia Berezovska and Kyrylo Zemlianyi.

“The actress Valeriya portrayed not only my own experience but also the experience of many Ukrainians who left their homes and returned for the first time after the start of the war,” says the director. “We were lucky because during the filming we didn’t have to hide from rockets, and blackouts didn’t interfere either.”

The film will compete in the competition with ten other short films from around the world. The head of the jury for this competition is Hungarian filmmaker Ildikó Enyedi. The 76th Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 16th to 27th.

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