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Oscar-winner set to make film about Crimea

Oscar-winner set to make film about Crimea
Concert hall on the waterfront in Sevastopol, Crimea (Image: Nick Savchenko under a CC licence)

29 June 2015

The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has announced that the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture is in talks with a foreign Oscar-winning director concerning the production of a film about Crimea.

In an announcement on the website of the Ukrainian government press-service, the Prime Minister stated that the government had begun negotiations with a “world famous, three-time Oscar-winning director”, but did not specify a name.

He did, however, stress that the film should serve as a response to the Russian documentary Crimea: the Road to the Motherland, a film that was condemned by western leaders when it was released in March this year.

According to Yatsenyuk, the Ukrainian film, which has the working title Crimea: Crime and Punishment, will portray “the truth about what happened in Crimea”. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called the plans a “propaganda move”.

The film is expected to be released by the end of this year.