Since the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Russian-American relations have been at their worst. In this context, the government led by Vladimir Putin has taken a strong decision in the film sector: no Russian film will be put in competition to represent the country at the next Oscars.
Russia increasingly isolated from Western entertainment industry
War has been raging in Eastern Europe for seven months now. Indeed, as a reminder, Russia has been in the midst of an attempt to invade Ukraine since last February. Objective: to “denazify” the pro-Russian separatist areas located on Ukrainian territory. After this invasion, the European Union and the United States opposed Russia.
Since then, Russia has been subjected to economic sanctions, with the aim of forcing it to stop the conflict. In the entertainment sector, the country led by Vladimir Putin is also in the sights of its opponents. Thus, Disney, Warner BrosSony and Paramount have all suspended the distribution of new films in Russia.
As for film festivals, it’s the same thing. Indeed, let us remember that the Cannes Film Festival has decided not to welcome any official Russian representation or Russians who defend the Kremlin line.
boycott of the statuette
Faced with this conflict which opposes it in a virulent way to the United States, the Russian Academy of Cinema has therefore decided not to present any of its films to represent Russia at the next edition of the Oscars. A choice that infuriated Pavel Tchoukhraï, the head of the committee responsible for sending Russian feature films to the Academy. Indeed, after having denounced a decision that would have been taken behind his back, the latter immediately announced his resignation. According Varietyhis departure would have been followed by those of several other members of the committee.
This decision is, however, welcomed by a legend of Soviet cinema: Nikita Mikhalkov, who has never hidden his support and admiration for Vladimir Putin. Thus, he would have said:
It seems to me that choosing a film that will represent Russia in a country, which in reality currently denies the existence of Russia, simply does not make sense.
Nikita Mikhalkov has also proposed to set up a “Eurasian” ceremony equivalent to the Oscars. A great irony since he himself had received the statuette for Best Foreign Film in 1995 for his feature film misleading sun.