The legendary Catherine Deneuve read out Lesya Ukrainka's poem "Nadiya" at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival. Video
The legend of French cinema Catherine Deneuve spoke at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival, once again demonstrating her solidarity with the Ukrainian people. The actress did it by reciting a poem by Ukrainian poetess Lesya Ukrainka called "Nadiya" (Hope).
The star translated the poetry into French. The corresponding video was distributed on Twitter (to see it, scroll to the end of the page) .
Deneuve could barely hold back her tears as she recited Ukrainka's lines in her native language.
And here is the English translation of the poem:
I don't have a will, I don't have a duty,
There is only one hope left:
I hope to return once again to Ukraine,
To look again at my native land,
To look again at the blue Dnipro River.
I don't care if I live or die there;
Look again at the steppe, the graves,
To remember once more the sticks of the wretched...
I have neither duty nor will,
There is only one hope left.
Colleagues in the audience listened to the 79-year-old actress with bated breath, and after the speech did not stop applauding.
Deneuve became the muse of the 76th Cannes Film Festival. The poster of the event is a black and white photograph of the film diva from 1968, taken on the set of "Capitulation".
It is worth noting that the Office of the President of Ukraine obviously knew about this performance. On the eve of the event, its head Andriy Yermak published an ambiguous post with the poster of the Cannes Film Festival in the form of a photo of Catherine Deneuve, and in the description left a blue-and-yellow flag, as well as the flag of France and an emoji of a movie camera.
Recall, this is not the first time Deneuve publicly supports Ukraine in the war with Russia. For example, last August she appeared on the red carpet of the 79th International Venice Film Festival with a blue-and-yellow symbol on her blouse.
Previously, OBOZREVATEL reported that British actor and producer Tom Hiddleston, best known for his role as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, read poetry by Sergei Zhadan at a charity event in London. The star visited the Royal National Theatre, located in the British capital, where an event called "Poetry for Every Day" was held.
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