Febiofest to Honour Ukrainian Filmmaker Sentsov

The Kristian Prize, annually awarded by the Febiofest international film festival in Prague, will go to Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov this year, the organisers said on Wednesday.

Sentsov will not attend in person as he is fighting in Ukraine against the Russian aggression.

The 29th Febiofest, scheduled for April 28-May 4, will feature over 90 contemporary films, with Sentsov’s new film Nosorih (Rhino) getting its Czech premiere there.

Sentsov, the Sakharov Prize holder, is one of the best-known political prisoners of the Russian regime. He spent five years in Russian prisons.

In 2015, Febiofest supported a campaign for Sentsov’s release from prison. He was arrested in the annexed Crimea peninsula in 2014 and sentenced to 20 years for the alleged planning of terrorist attacks in Crimea.

One of the largest film festivals in the Czech Republic which offers international premieres, high-profile holdovers from top fests and which showcases scores of works that film buffs would otherwise have trouble tracking down.

In recent years, FEBIOFEST has hosted renowned directors and actors such as Nanni Moretti, Claude Lelouch, Peter Weir, Olivier Assayas Roman Polanski, Volker Schloendorff, Isztvan Szabo, Tsai Ming-Liang, Tom Tykwer, Hal Hartley, Andrey Konchalovski, Armin Mueller Stahl, Nikita Michalkov, Carlos Saura or Claudia Cardinale.

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