Cannes 2022: Volodymyr Zelensky attacks Putin live during the opening ceremony

Ukrainian President lashed out at ‘dictator’ Vladimir Putin and quoted Apocalypse Now.

His presence had been mentioned for the Oscars, it was finally at the Cannes Film Festival that Volodymyr Zelensky came to challenge the world of cinema and the West. After Vincent Lindon’s committed speech, the Ukrainian President made the event by speaking live during the opening ceremony, for a ten-minute video speech where he attacked Vladimir Putin while quoting Apocalypse Now (“the smell of napalm in the early morning…“) and The dictator.

We will continue to fight, we have no other choice (…) I am convinced that the ‘dictator’ will lose“, said Zelensky, while emphasizing the importance of the voice of the 7th art: “We need a new Chaplin who will prove that today’s cinema is not silent.

Watch the full video of Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech:

The moving speech of Vincent Lindon, president of the Cannes Film Festival jury

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