Director of ‘Rhino’, Oleh Sentsov at IFFI52

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Director of ‘Rhino’, Oleh Sentsov at IFFI52 conveyed, “My film is very violent and tough. I wanted to show the life in Post-Soviet Ukraine during the ‘wild’ 1990s through this film,” He was addressing a media interaction at the 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa today.
“I am self-taught and moved into filmmaking later in life. Life is short and I want to keep making films,” said Oleh Sentsov whose movie Rhino features also had an Asian Premiere at IFFI52 yesterday. A screening of the film took place earlier at the Venice Film Festival 2021.
 While interacting with the media, Rhino team member Veronica Welch stated that “We weren’t sure how the film would be understood by audiences around the globe as the collapse of the Soviet Union is a very local subject.” But art connects people, and our film shows that life is a combination of our choices and the environment around us and there is always a question of how much control we have over those circumstances.”
 Speaking about the portrayal of rising violence in Rhino Oleh Sentsov said, “I hate criminal dramas and hate violence but wanted this film to be realistic. The story is based on a real incident that happened to me. The character lives a different and not so good life until some things happen to change him. It was imperative for me to portray this criminal world without trying to bring romance into the story. I wanted to show how real the world is.”

He further added, “It is my effort to show the current generation how life was in Ukraine in the nineties. It will remove any misconceptions that they may have about life in Ukraine at that time.”

Veronica Welch added, “It is an effort to educate youth that life on social media is not real and we have to work hard to have a decent living. Crime is not the way to get there, and they may end up paying a heavy price for indulging in criminal activities.”

About Movie

It is the story of a petty thief, a young man nicknamed Rhino who quickly works his way up the criminal hierarchy in the 1990s, Ukraine. Rhino has only known power and cruelty, but with nothing to lose, could he finally find redemption?

About the Director

Director of movie Oleh Sentsov was born on 13 July 1976 in SimferopolCrimean OblastUkrainian SSR. He is an ethnic Russian. From 1993 to 1998 he was an economics student in Kyiv and later took courses in film directing and screenwriting in Moscow.

On 23 November, ‘Bablu Babylon Se’ screened at IFFI52. The film is featured in the Indian Panorama non-feature section and its Director Abhijeet Sarthi interacted with the media.


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