PANAJI: With “Rhino”, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov goals to inform a narrative a couple of turbulent time in his nation and says the movie ought to function a reminder to those who they need to not repeat the errors of the previous.
The film, which was screened on the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), is against the law drama set in Nineteen Nineties Ukraine when it grew to become a separate state after the autumn of the Soviet Union.
It follows the rise and fall of a violent legal Rhino who finds success within the underworld that fills the facility void within the Nineteen Nineties, a interval that’s sometimes called “Wild 90s”.
“It is set in the early 1990s when Ukraine became an independent country after the Soviet Union collapsed. But after that, we had a very sick and evil government. The power was taken by criminal groups and gangsters who were very violent. It was a short period in Ukraine’s history but it changed our country and our own people. With this film, I wanted to show the whole world how we lived in those terrible times,” Sentsov instructed PTI in an interview.
The filmmaker claimed there are “no films” in Ukraine based mostly on the “Wild 90s” and he wished to indicate an apt presentation of that point.
“We have no films about the ‘Wild 90s’ but it is a part of our history. It’s that period of time that influenced us. I believe that we should revisit history so that we don’t commit the same mistakes in future,” Sentsov stated.
“‘Rhino’ is based on real events and it is the story of one of my friends who I knew well at the time. All this stuff happened to him and I have created the story around it. The ’90s were a time of cruelty and meaningless violence. And I can’t tolerate violence,” he added.
“Rhino” is the filmmaker’s third function movie after “Gamer” (2011) and “Numbers”, which was launched in 2020.
But the movie’s journey has been a tumultuous one, similar to Sentsov’s life.
He was arrested by the Russian forces in Crimea in 2014 for his protest over annexation of the area. He was sentenced to twenty years on prices of plotting terrorism acts in 2015.
During this time, widespread administrators from world cinema, like Ken Loach, Pedro Almodovar, Wim Wenders and Agnieszka Holland, had known as for his launch. It was solely in 2019 that Sentsov grew to become a free man after he was launched in a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine.
Asked what saved his ardour for cinema alive throughout his imprisonment, Sentsov stated time was all he had.
“Cinema is a very important thing for me because in prison we don’t have anything. But we have one thing more than when we are free and that is time. I spent my time on reading, writing and thinking. I thought about my future cinema.”
He stated the script for “Rhino” was accomplished method earlier than his arrest and in jail, he saved planning about how he would shoot the film.
“The script of ‘Rhino’ was written years ago and preparation for the shooting started between our revolution, between our war with Russia. So I was thinking about the film. I wrote three more scripts in prison and three novels, books and short tales because I had time,” he added.
Sentsov stated cinema has the facility to transcend borders and it is a medium to share life tales with individuals.
“In art, there is no border. With our work, we can have connections with other people. We can show them how we live in our country and how people live in their countries. It is better to have good films and good festivals but no borders.”
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