CANNES (QHA) -

The winner of the Cannes Film Festival for best directing Serhii Loznitsa at the ceremony of awarding expressed his solidarity with the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov illegally detained by the Russians, activist Denis Ivanov informed on his Facebook page.

“With great pain and with great admiration, I declare my solidarity with Oleg Sentsov, with all the directors in different parts of the world, fighting for freedom, for honor and, ultimately, for humanity. No matter how hard the cruel and despotic regimes pursue us, shut up our mouths and force us to obey their rules, the art of cinema will remain free. Directors will continue to break the canons and go beyond - in search of knowledge and truth. Year after year, the Cannes Festival proves this," he said.

He further noted that the occupiers convicted the Ukrainian for a crime that he had not committed

Previously, the Ukrainian film "Donbas" won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The jury of the prestigious film festival awarded the film with the ribbon for the best direction in the "Special View" program.

Film Donbas was shot in co-production of four countries: Ukraine, the Netherlands, France and Romania. It was filmed by both Ukrainian and Russian actors, in particular Tatiana Yatsenko, Georgy Deliev, Nina Antonova, Natalia Buzko and others.

Earlier it was reported that the film "Frost" of the Lithuanian-French-Polish-Ukrainian production about the war in the East of Ukraine, shot by the director Sharunas Bartas, was included in the program  of Directors' Fortnight section at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

QHA