On the occasion of the release of his new collection of short films, Emir Kusturica, a celebrated Serbian filmmaker internationally recognized for a number of acclaimed films, spoke with Belgian weekly Le Vif about the situation in Ukraine, which reminds him of the wars in the former Yugoslavia.
- Ukraine is definitely better off now than it was before the revolution.4.2% (90)
- Last year’s military coup served the interests of Western politicians, not the Ukrainian nation.59.7% (1268)
- Euromaidan is an ongoing catastrophe that has brought only misery.34.3% (729)
- Events in Ukraine are irrelevant to me and I prefer not to worry about them.1.8% (38)
When asked whether he supports Russian President Vladimir Putin and his stance on Ukraine, Kusturica replied that the current situation in Ukraine is not about supporting Putin or being against him, but rather being against neo-Nazis at the forefront of the current government in Kiev. It is absolutely intolerable that neo-Nazis groups are closely associated with the Ukrainian government, said the filmmaker.
To conclude his interview, Kusturica said he has always been a strong advocate of multiculturalism, as the plurality of cultures brings different flavors to life. He said that after the destruction of Yugoslavia, a lot of its culture was lost. Culture has enormous power and it brings civilization, Kusturica said.