Mariupolis 2

Mariupolis 2

  • directorMantas Kvedaravičius
  • year2022
  • countryLithuania
  • genreDocumentary
  • runtime112 minutes
  • languageUkrainian & Russian with English subtitles
  • ratingPG
  • Screening DateOctober 28, 2022
  • Screening Time7:30 pm
  • Awards: Golden Eye - Special Mention (Cannes Film Festival 2022)

  • Film Short Description:

    An urgent verité portrait of the Russia-Ukraine War, this gritty posthumous documentary is uncomfortable but essential in its bleak depictions of war’s impact on everyday citizens.

    Main Summary:

    Released posthumously, Mariupolis 2 marks Mantas Kvedaravičius’s second and final visit to the war-stricken city of Mariupol in Ukraine. Kvedaravičius, a filmmaker and an anthropologist, was captured and killed in March 2022 by Russian forces while recording what was to become a chilling, unblinking gaze into the core of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, as experienced by the people who have little left to lose.

    Hurriedly pieced together by Kvedaravičius’s co-director and fiancée Hanna Bilobrova in his memory, the documentary was a last-minute addition to the film lineup at Cannes this year. Confronting viewers head-on with its shaky recordings of hellish destruction and desolate ruins, the grueling film never attempts to cobble together a moralistic narrative out of the wreckage. It depicts the fallout of war in all its bleak wretchedness, with its embedded tragedy marking it as a true emblem of present day brutalities.