Liev Schreiber ‘fights’ calls to boycott Russian art – Deadline


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While Ukrainian filmmakers chide international festivals like Cannes and Karlovy Vary for including Russian films in their programmes, Liev Schreiber, who has Ukrainian roots going back to his maternal grandfather, admits he is “struggling” with the idea boycott any art. Kind.

“I fight the idea of ​​a boycott of any kind of art or expression,” Schreiber told reporters at a press conference at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Saturday. “Having said that, the reason I believe and everyone has always asked me why I think Ukraine will win is because I believe they will eventually come out of this on the right side of history. And I believe it because the truth is on their side.”

Schreiber, who traveled to the city to discuss his BlueCheck Ukraine initiative, stressed that the truth is now playing the most game in the media, stating that “disinformation has become a dangerous new idea both in America and abroad, and I think that this is what Putin is counting on – chaos and disinformation.”

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 hard on me and I feel challenged because one of the things I love about our constitution is that it protects freedom of speech. Of course, one of the things I love about art is that there’s this idea of ​​”if it’s true, it’s worth knowing.” So I think we have to be very careful about media coming out of Russia as it is so heavily controlled by the state, or for that matter, or propaganda coming out of Russia right now.”

Last week, several leading Ukrainian directors, including Dmitry Sukholitsky-Sobchuk (Pamfir), Maxim Nakonechny (Butterfly Vision) and Valentin Vasyanovich (Reflection) wrote a letter to the perennial Czech festival about the inclusion of the Russian name Captain Volkonogov escaped in the Horizons sidebar. Festival president Iry Bartoszka, executive director Krysztof Mucha and artistic director Karel Och denied that the film was distracting the international community from the war crimes committed in Ukraine and was rather “an indirect but very clear 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 directorial debut in the Czech Republic. Everything is lit, spoke in detail on Saturday about BlueCheck Ukraine. Together with law firm Ropes & Gray and consulting firm IntegrityRisk (both pro bono), he co-founded a network that vets humanitarian aid organizations for Ukraine and also acts as a financial conduit for donations.

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

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

“It can be argued that almost everything I have done in my career has been inspired or taken from something in one way or another. [my grandfather’s] life,” Schreiber said. “And so when the invasion started, I started thinking about what it means to be Ukrainian and honestly I have no idea, especially when I see men my age who are graphic designers, bricklayers or artists hugging their children and saying goodbye. their wives, take up arms and prepare to fight in a war in which they are vastly outnumbered and outgunned, and do not know if they will ever see their families again.”

Journalists were shown footage of Schreiber’s recent stay in Ukraine, where he interacted directly with organizations such as Kidsave, which helped children and orphans leave Ukraine safely, and the Lviv National Philharmonic, which currently operates as a charity. The video of the latter brought the actor-director to tears.

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

Here is a link to BlueCheck Ukraine.

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