Liev Schreiber “struggles” 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 lineup, Liev Schreiber, who has Ukrainian roots deriving from his maternal grandfather, admits that he is “struggling” with the idea. to boycott art of any kind.

“I struggle with the idea of ​​boycotting any form of art or expression,” Schreiber told reporters on Saturday at a press conference at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. “That said, the reason I believe, and everyone always asked me why I think Ukraine is going to win, is because I believe they will end up on the right side of history here. 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 in the media is most at stake right now. Putin is counting on chaos and misinformation.”

The actor-director said: “We have to be careful with the media and we have to be careful with what we consume. But the idea of ​​ever censoring or boycotting artists is something I find difficult, and I feel challenged by this because a one of the things I love about our constitution is that it protects the freedom of speech Sure, one of the things I love about being art is that there’s the idea of ​​’if it’s true, it’s worth knowing.’ So I think we have to be very careful with the media coming out of Russia because it’s so state-controlled or film or the propaganda that’s coming out of Russia now.”

Last week, several prominent Ukrainian filmmakers, including Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk (pamphir), Maksym Nakonechnyi (butterfly vision) and Valentyn Vasyanovych (Reflection) wrote a letter to the long-running Czech festival for the recording of the Russian title Captain Volkonogov escapes in the Horizons sidebar. Festival president Jirí Bartoška, ​​executive director Kryštof Mucha and artistic director Karel Och all denied that the film distracts the international community from war crimes committed in Ukraine and that it was rather “an indirect, but very outspoken critique of the current Russian state regime. “

Liev Schreiber at KVIFF

Schreiber, who was last in Karlovy Vary in 2004 to talk about his upcoming Czech filmed directorial debut Everything is lit, spoke extensively about BlueCheck Ukraine on Saturday. Together with law firm Ropes & Gray and consultancy IntegrityRisk (both operating pro-bono), he co-founded the network, which researches humanitarian aid organizations for Ukraine and acts as a financial channel to transfer donations.

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

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

“You could argue that pretty much everything I’ve done in my career has been inspired or borrowed in one way or another from something from [my grandfather’s] life,” said Schreiber. “And when the invasion started, I started thinking about what it meant to be Ukrainian and to be honest, I have absolutely no idea, especially when I see men my age, graphic designers or stonemasons or artists who hugging children and saying goodbye to their wives and taking up arms and preparing to fight in a war where they are vastly outnumbered and underprivileged and not knowing if they will ever see their families again.”

Journalists were shown footage of Schreiber’s recent stay in Ukraine, where he spoke directly with organizations such as Kidsave, which has helped children and orphans flee Ukraine safely, and Lviv National Philharmonic, which is currently acting as an aid organization. The latter’s video drew the actor-director to tears.

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

Here is the link to BlueCheck Ukraine.

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