Liev Schreiber “fights” with calls to boycott Russian art – Deadline

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Liev Schreiber "fights" with calls to boycott Russian art - Deadline

While Ukrainian filmmakers have called for international festivals such as Cannes and Karlovy Vary to include Russian titles in their programming, Liev Schreiber, who has Ukrainian roots descended from his maternal grandfather, admits he “struggles” with the idea of ​​any art to boycott nice.

“I struggle with the idea of ​​boycotting any kind of art or expression,” Schreiber told journalists at a press conference at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Saturday. “Even so, I believe, and everyone has always asked me, why Ukraine will win, because I believe they will eventually come out of it on the right side of history. And I believe that because they have the truth on their side.”

Schreiber, who was in town to discuss his BlueCheck Ukraine initiative, stressed that truth is what matters most in the media right now, saying that “misinformation is becoming a dangerous new idea both in America and abroad.” and I think that’s something Putin is anticipating – chaos and misinformation.”

The actor-director said: “We have to be careful about the media and we have to be careful about what we consume. But the idea of ​​ever censoring or boycotting artists bothers me and I feel challenged because one of the things I love about our Constitution is that it protects freedom of speech. Certainly one of the things I love about art is that there’s the idea, “if it’s true, it’s worth knowing”. So I think we have to be very careful with the media that comes out of Russia because it’s so state controlled, or with films or the propaganda that’s just coming out of Russia.”

Last week, several leading Ukrainian filmmakers, including Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk (Pamfir), Maxim Nakonechnyi (butterfly vision) and Valentyn Vasyanovych (Consideration) wrote a letter to the long-standing Czech festival for the inclusion of the Russian title Captain Volkonogov escaped in the Horizons sidebar. The festival’s president, Jirí Bartoška, ​​executive director Kryštof Mucha and artistic director Karel Och all denied that the film distracted the international community from the war crimes being committed in Ukraine and was rather “an indirect but very clear criticism of the current Russian one.” state regime”.

Liev Schreiber at KVIFF
KVIFF

Schreiber, who was last in Karlovy Vary in 2004 to talk about his then forthcoming Czech filmed directorial debut Everything is lit, spoke at length about BlueCheck Ukraine on Saturday. He co-founded the network that vets humanitarian organizations for Ukraine and acts as a financial channel for sending donations along with the law firm Ropes & Gray and the consulting firm IntegrityRisk (both volunteer).

“There’s this perception in the Eastern Bloc that it’s dangerous to donate and there’s corruption and you don’t know where your money is going,” he said. “My idea was that we find a way to break all of that.”

Schreiber said his Ukrainian grandfather had a remarkable impact on his life and because of that he felt inspired to do something to help the country which continues to be ravaged by war.

“You could argue that pretty much everything I’ve done in my career has been inspired or drawn from in one way or another [my grandfather’s] life,” said Schreiber. “When the invasion started I started thinking about what it means to be Ukrainian and to be honest I have absolutely no idea, especially when I see men my age who are graphic designers or stonemasons or artists who are their Children hug and say goodbye to their wives and take up arms and prepare to fight in a war where they are vastly outnumbered and outgunned, and they don’t know if they will ever see their families again.”

Journalists were shown footage of Schreiber’s recent time in Ukraine, where he spoke directly to organizations such as Kidsave, which has helped children and orphans escape Ukraine safely, and Lviv National Philharmonic, which currently acts as a charity. The latter’s video moved the actor-director to tears.

“Ukrainians are already incredibly resourceful and doing a great job of taking care of themselves,” he said. “They just need our support. They need our resources. They need our money. They need our attention and they need you to remember them and to want to be a part of our community, the global community, the European community and the democratic community. But they do a great job.”

Here is the link to BlueCheck Ukraine.

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