'As we know, the Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravičius, who directed Barzakh (2011), Mariupolis (2016) and Parthenon (2019), was captured and murdered by the Russian army in Mariupol in early April. His fiancée, Hanna Bilobrova, who was with him at the time, was able to bring back the footage filmed there and edited it with Mantas' editor Dounia Sichov. The film is entitled Mariupolis 2, it was essential to show it, we added it.' (75 FESTIVAL DES CANNES, May 2022) In 2022, Mantas Kvedaravičius went back to Ukraine, Mariupol, at the heart of the war, to be with the people he had met and filmed in 2015. Following his death, his producers and collaborators have put all their strength into continuing transmitting his work, his vision and his films. Also a PhD in anthropology, Mantas Kvedaravičius wished to testify as a filmmaker as far as possible from the agitation of the media and the politicians. With huge force and sensitivity, Mariupolis 2 depicts life as it continues amidst the bombing and reveals images that convey both tragedy and hope.
"Do you know what the most incredible thing was, about Mariupol? No one feared death, even if people thought they did. Death was already there, and everyone wanted to die valuable. People would help each other, even if it meant risking their lives. People would smoke outside and chat, even if the bombs were falling. Money stopped existing, and life was too short to recall it, and everyone was happy with what they had, becoming better versions of themselves; there was no past or future or judgment, or talk between the lines. That was heaven in hell. That was the delicate butterfly wings touching closer. That was the smell of the naked value of death. That was life there." (Shooting notes) 2022
FESTIVAL DE CANNES – Special Screenings
39 FFMUC – Filmfest München
47 TIFF, Toronto
KVIFF – 56 Karlovy Vary IFF
shortlisted European Film Award 'European Documentary'
- Director Mantas Kvedaravicius, Hanna Bilobrova
- Producer Uljana Kim, Mantas Kvedaravicius, Hanna Bilobrova, Nadia Turincev, Omar El Kadi, Thanassis Karathanos
- Director of Photography Mantas Kvedaravicius
- Editor Dounia Sichov, Hanna Bilobrova
- Sound Design Nicolas Becker