Authorized to leave Russia, director Serebrennikov confesses his surprise

Russian director and director Kirill Serebrennikov, who has been granted permission for a short trip to Germany, said on Friday that he had “no idea” why Moscow suspended its ban on leaving the country.

“I probably behaved well”, quipped the enfant terrible of the Russian theater during a conference at the Thalia theater in Hamburg (north), where he staged the play “the Black Monk” based on Anton’s fantastic short story. Chekhov.

Russian director and director Kirill Serebrennikov on January 14, 2022 in Hamburg, Germany (AFP – MORRIS MAC MATZEN)

Arrived Monday, he said he would return to Russia on January 22, the evening of the premiere of his play.

“We filed an official request with the authorities asking them to be able to go to Hamburg. And they gave us permission for this project,” he continued.

“I have no idea” what prompted this decision, he said, after having suffered many rejections in the past for other projects.

The director was thus unable to attend the Cannes Film Festival in July, where his film “Petrov’s Fever” was in the running for the Palme d’Or. He had received strong support from the world of cinema from a distance.

Serebrennikov assured that he would return home. “I have to come back because I promised it,” he said in Hamburg.

Known for his daring creations, his support for LGBT + and his criticism of the authoritarianism of Vladimir Putin’s regime, the 52-year-old artist is subject to a ban on leaving Russian territory after being convicted of embezzlement.

These setbacks with the justice system began in August 2017, when he was arrested by the police during the filming of the film “Leto” and accused of embezzlement of public funds.

For his defenders, this audacious artist, who once enjoyed the favors of power, is punished for his effrontery.

For a year and a half, he was under house arrest, without access to the internet or the telephone. Never mind. He receives via his lawyer USB keys with videos of rehearsals for his shows, which he supervises in the same way, mounting for example an opera in Hamburg.

In June 2020, he was sentenced for embezzlement to a three-year suspended prison sentence and ban on leaving Russia during this period. A relief, as he risked six years firm.

And in February 2021, Moscow City Hall ousted him from the theater, the Gogol Center, which he had been running since 2012.


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