Martin Scorsese confessed to being ‘very nervous because of the situation between Ukraine and Russia’, during the press conference that took place this morning at Cannes 2023.
During the press conference of his latest film, Killers of the Flower Moon, which has just been presented at the Festival of Cannes 2023the renowned director Martin Scorsese was invited to share his views on situation between Ukraine and Russia. Comparing the conflict to the themes explored in his film, the filmmaker expressed concern about Russia’s aggressiveness in the region.
Scorsese, during the conference, highlighted the historical context of the area, referring to events such as the Second World War, the conflicts involving the Balkan nations and the disputes between Poland, Russia and Germany in the 18th century, underlining that the region is always been contested.
Scorsese, who admitted to being “very nervous because of the situation situation between Ukraine and Russia“, stressed the importance of supporting countries striving for democracy and emphasized the value of living in a society that promotes freedom of speech. The director also acknowledged that there are limits to these freedoms, such as shouting “on firein a crowded theater, but emphasized that the freedom to express yourself is essential to living a fulfilling life.
The Cannes Film Festival has special significance for Martin Scorsese, as it is where some of his most significant film premieres have taken place. The filmmaker returned to present a world premiere at Cannes after many years: we are talking about 1985 with Out of Hours, a film thanks to which he won the award for Best Director. Throughout his career, films such as The King of Comedy (1983), Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1975) and Taxi Driver (1976), which won the prestigious Palme d’Or, have left a lasting impression on the festival and about the world of cinema.