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Renowned Russian movie director to submit new flick to Cannes Film Festival

However, Alexander Sokurov said he was not sure that the selection committee would pick his film

ST. PETERSBURG, March 30. /TASS/. Renowned Russian film director Alexander Sokurov told TASS on Wednesday that his film Fairy Tale (or Skazka in Russian), featuring WWII events, would be submitted to the Cannes Film Festival shortly.

On Tuesday, Bulleten Kinoprokatchika (Exhibitor's Bulletin) edition wrote, citing its sources, that the Cannes Film Festival was ready to consider letting films by Sokurov, Andrey Zvyagintsev and Kirill Serebrennikov join the competition, in spite of the international political climate.

"We are finishing the last-minute edits to the re-recording of the film and <…> we will send [the application]," Sokurov said, adding that all edits would tentatively be finished on Friday. "Perhaps, we will do this over the weekend or at the start of next week," the film director said.

Sokurov said he was not sure that the selection committee would pick his film ‘Fairy Tale’. "Given the huge number of movies out there, nothing is for certain that they will like this one," Sokurov went on to say. "This is a film about history, it is hard for Europe, and it is also hard for us, for everyone," he said.

"You know that there are stiff sanctions (in the West - TASS) against showing anything that is made in Russia, so I have no reason to believe that I will be an exception. So, let’s wait and see. But it seems to me that the participation of a film from Russia is of fundamental importance nowadays," he stressed.