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Sean Penn's film about war in Ukraine premiers at Berlinale

Saturday, 18 February 2023, 13:49

Sean Penn and Aaron Kaufman's film about the war in Ukraine, Superpower, has premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.

Source: Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

Quote: "It tells  [us a story] about the war for independence, the Russian invasion, which Sean Penn himself met in Kyiv and saw with his own eyes the first day of the start of a full-scale war," Yermak wrote.


Details: Work on the film started even before the war, in early 2021. Sean Penn started filming a movie about Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was an actor and a comedian before successfully running for presidency in Ukraine.

"In February 2022, when the Russian invasion began, Hollywood directors were in Kyiv. Therefore, the film based on several interviews will most likely demonstrate the difference between Zelenskyy as the president of a peaceful country and the president of a country in the midst of war," Ukrainian producer Nataliia Yakymovych believes.


  • The 73rd Berlin International Film Festival started on 16 February. This year, the festival expresses solidarity with Ukraine and Iran.
  • The Berlin Film Festival officially condemned Russia's aggressive war and supported protesters against the Iranian regime. Most of the movies cover the topics related to war, refugees, migration, and self-identification.

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