- Lithuania, France, Germany
- 15 +
In 2022, Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravičius returns to Mariupol, Ukraine, at the height of the war, to meet the people who appeared in the 2015 film Mariopolis. While recording the daily life of people in the ruins there, he was killed by a Russian attack. His lover and those left behind complete the documentary Mariupolis 2 about people living with tragedy and hope at the same time with the footage left by the director.
“It was haven in hell, the delicate wings of the butterfly fluttering closer and closer to one another, the smell of death in its raw dimension. It was the heartbeat of life.”-Shooting Notes-
Mantas Kvedaravičius, who directed Mariupolis(2016), enters Mariupol, the forefront of the Ukraine war, with a camera. It is to record the horros of the war follwing his previous work. There he was killed by Russian forces. Hanna Bilobrova, who was with him at the time, brougt back the footage filmed there. She completes Mariupolis 2 by editing the footage of Mariupol where fire and gunshots never stop and that of people who continue to live there. In the ruins, people avoid bombing, clear debris, pray, talk, take care of dogs, and eat food. It is a tragic landscape like hell, but life continues. The remnants of the message that the director left eventually arrived before us in its most raw state. Creating resonance by linking fragments of reality in which both history and future have disappeared. It is this task that is close to the essence of documentary, and it is also the responsibility of those who sit in front of the screen.