Kirill Serebrennikov made an look by FaceTime on Monday after the premiere of “Petrov’s Flu,” which bowed in competitors on the Cannes Film Festival. The 51-year-old helmer is banned from leaving Russia and was unable to attend the opening.
“I wish to thank everybody who’s right here. That is the primary time that I’m displaying my movie,” Serebrennikov instructed the viewers. “I’m clearly delighted and I’m celebrating this twenty first century which, because of new applied sciences, permits us to be collectively.”
This yr marks the second no-show on the Croisette for the Russian director, after he was pressured to skip the 2018 premiere of competitors title “Leto” whereas beneath home arrest. Serebrennikov was sentenced in June 2020 to a three-year suspended jail sentence and issued a wonderful over a case of embezzlement, on what his supporters say are trumped-up prices.
Strolling the crimson carpet outdoors the Lumière Theater earlier than the “Petrov’s Flu” premiere, the solid and producers wore crimson badges bearing the director’s picture and initials. An empty seat was symbolically reserved for Serebrennikov contained in the theater.
The movie, which is customized from an award-winning 2018 novel by Alexei Salnikov and was written whereas Serebrennikov was beneath home arrest, is a deadpan, hallucinatory romp by a post-Soviet Russia within the grips of a mysterious flu epidemic.
Variety‘s Man Lodge described it as a movie “that strikes as freely and recklessly as attainable, untethered by short-leash guidelines of time, area or storytelling,” and praised it as “a rowdy, exhilarating return to high kind for Serebrennikov.”
Talking to Selection before the film’s premiere, the director described the expertise of constructing “Petrov’s Flu” whereas standing trial in a Moscow court docket as residing “parallel lives,” including that “the movie course of helped me not to consider all this absurd, Kafkan course of.”
Commenting on the 20-month interval of home arrest, Serebrennikov described himself as “a pioneer of isolation,” deadpanning, “Now it’s a world pattern.” However the director waxed philosophical a couple of creatively fruitful interval that led to his second straight Cannes competitors premiere, including: “Specializing in your self shouldn’t be actually unhealthy. Generally it opens a variety of new sources for the long run, for the following step in your life. You’ll want to discover one thing actually good on this isolation. And it’s attainable.”