Ukrainian director Stanislav Kapralov has moved to western Ukraine from Kiev after Russia invaded his nation. Unwilling to go away his homeland in robust occasions, he feels the strains of battle are scripting a brand new story for the nation and its cinema.
“I am currently in Ukraine. Men are not allowed out of the country due to mobilisation. But I don’t see many men willing to leave. Everyone wants to stay with their country in the most difficult period of its history,” Kapralov tells us in an unique interview.
The director, recognized for Egregor (2021) and Let It Snow (2020), was engaged on his subsequent Hollywood venture when Russia invaded Ukraine.
“Before the war, I was in preparation to shoot a new film, which was supposed to be filmed in Chernobyl. Hopefully, after we kick them out, I will return to the project. I think we’ll have to move the shooting to Europe,” he says, including, “I will most likely go to shoot my new project in the USA. I think that cinema will be a priority in Ukraine after the war”.
Since the battle within the area started, his life has been all about combating for survival and planning evacuation of his household.
“There is no bombing in the western part of Ukraine now. I was there in the first days of the war and took my family to the territory of the European Union. Now I’m back,” he says.
Talking about how he and his pals are attempting to assist their nation, he tells us, “Everyone is determined to lay out all their skills in order to (help). The other day I managed to organise the evacuation of my father from Kyiv. It was an incredibly nerve-wracking operation. He had to be taken from his house to the point of evacuation. My friends agreed to pick him up. He left with one backpack in his hands. At that time there was an air raid in Kyiv, and I was very worried. Thank God, everything is fine and three days later, dad is already in Warsaw. My grandmother is now in Kyiv, she did not want to leave.”
Here, Kapralov, who can be a screenwriter and producer, praises Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for rising from the disaster as a “hero”.
“Not everyone supported Zelensky before the war, including me. But in this difficult moment, he showed himself heroically. He fights every day and is today the face and soul of the country. We are all behind him. He didn’t let us down and we won’t,” says the director, who has labored with a number of huge names from the leisure trade of Ukraine, together with Pacific Rim: Uprising Ivanna Sakhno.
Wrapping up, the director expresses his gratitude for popping out to help his nation. “I am glad that the whole world has united in defence of justice. Ukraine is now a protective shield of democracy, peace, and justice. I hope this support continues,” he indicators off.