суботу, 2 червня 2018 р.

«The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov» on Oleg Sentsov's case is available for free international screenings

On May 14, Oleg Sentsov announced an indefinite hunger strike demanding the release of Ukrainian political prisoners convicted in Russia. «The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov» on the Sentsov's case will be provided for charity screenings of solidarity with the director.
The film by Askold Kurov is available for free-of-charge screenings until July 31. Access provides via application form. Diplomatic missions of Ukraine, human rights activists and volunteers are invited to participate. Prior to giving access to rights and materials all applications will be approved by rightholders. Fundraising for Oleg Sentsov's family during the screenings is mandatory.

In May 2014, after the annexation of Crimea by Russia, Oleg Sentsov was arrested by the Russian security service, charged with planned terrorist attacks and transported to Moscow. After over a year in custody, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, despite the fact that the testimonies were given under duress and evidence was insufficient. Sentsov never pled guilty.

The film by Askold Kurov tells about the trial of Sentsov and how his family, friends and lawyers attempt to release the director from prison. The name of the film – «The Trial» – refers to Kafkaesque absurdity, showing how anyone can become a victim of a ruthless state machine.

«Sometimes it is difficult to remain a simple observer. This film is an opportunity to find and express support for Oleg not only from us, but also from many people around the world» explains Kurov. «The Trial» was created with the support of Estonia, Poland and the Czech Republic.

The international premiere of the film took place in an out-of-competition program at the 67th Berlin Film Festival. The screening was organized with the European Film Academy, which for three years has called for the liberation of Sentsov. A letter with such a demand was signed by dozens of European filmmakers – Wim Wenders, Ken Loach, Agnieszka Holland, Pedro Almodovar and others.

Askold Kurov is a Russian documentalist, graduate of Marina Razbezhkina Film School in Moscow. His work focuses on human rights issues and social conflicts in contemporary Russia.

After 31st of July all screenings of the film shall be discussed with RISE AND SHINE world sales. From 1st of June THE TRIAL also available on VOD for the symbolic price 1 EUR.

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