The Anonimul International Independent Film Festival kicks off in the southeastern part of Sfantu Gheorghe, in the Danube Delta, on Monday with the screening of “Mariupolis 2”, the latest film by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedarovičius, who was captured by Russian troops and killed in Ukraine’s Mariupol region, the Ministry of Culture said on its website. on Facebook.
The unfinished documentary by the Lithuanian director was shot in record time by his fiancee Anna Bilobrova together with the producers of the project to be presented at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Bilabrova and Kvedaravičius returned to film in Mariupol again, under conditions of full-scale war, to document the people and places they filmed in 2015 for the documentary Mariupolís.” The director wanted to show how the lives of these people continue amid the bombings, with images on the border between tragedy and hope. “Mariupolis 2” is a compilation of images shot by a documentarian, without sound or music, and contains long shots of the daily lives of people trying to survive the war, “a testament to human resistance”, says the press release of the Anonimul organizers.
The Anonimul festival includes two Romanian and international short film competitions. 12 entries were selected for the Romanian Short Film Competition and 10 for the International Short Film Competition.
The competitive selection of feature films was led by Lyudmila Tsvikova, 5 films competed for the trophy: “107 Mothers” Slovak-Czech-Ukrainian production directed by Peter Kerekesh, “I’m very sorry” Chinese production, directed by Zhao Liang, “Mighty Flash”, Spanish production, directed by Ainhoa Rodriguez, Weather Talk, German production, directed by Anika Pinske and Zuhal, Turkish production, directed by Nazli Elif Durlu.
13 film productions will be shown outside the competition.
“Prizes for short and full-length films are awarded by public vote. Screenings of feature films, accompanied by meetings and dialogues between filmmakers and the audience, will also benefit the public.” informed the Ministry of Culture.
The cultural project, organized by the Anonimul Foundation and the FAMart Association, is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, the National Center of Cinematography (CNC), the Tulcea County Council, the Union of Romanian Cinematographers and Dacin Sara.