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This year’s Cannes Film Festival will not have a Russian delegation.

The Associated Press reported that the cultural backlash against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine grew on Tuesday, when the Cannes Film Festival announced that no Russian delegations will be allowed this year.

In addition, the Venice Film Festival offered free screenings of a film about Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region’s 2014 conflict.

Other high-profile protests in the arts include Hollywood’s decision to remove films set for release in Russia and the Munich Philharmonic’s decision to replace chief conductor Valery Gergiev.

Gergiev’s backing for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his refusal to denounce the invasion were noted by the orchestra, which was joined by other orchestras and festivals associated to him.

Cannes, which takes place in May, is the most international of film festivals, with over 80 countries represented in its international village of flag-waving pavilions.

The festival’s organisers said in a statement that the prohibition on any official Russian delegation or persons with ties to the Kremlin would remain in place “until the war of aggression ends under terms that will satisfy the Ukrainian people.”

The festival hasn’t ruled out the possibility of inviting Russian films.

Hollywood also continued to yank its films from Russian theatres.

Following the announcements by Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros., and Sony that they would no longer distribute pictures in Russia, including Warner’s highly anticipated The Batman, Paramount Pictures made the same announcement on Tuesday.

This contains games like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and The Lost City, which will be released in the near future.

Meanwhile, the Venice Film Festival said that as a show of solidarity with the people of Ukraine, it will screen the film Reflection, which is about the conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

The screenings will take place in Rome, Milan, and Venice next week.

The film, which premiered in competition at Venice last year, depicts the storey of a Ukrainian surgeon who is kidnapped by Russia during the eastern Ukraine’s Donbas conflict.

The curator and artists of Russia’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale, of which the annual film festival is a part, revealed earlier this week that they had resigned in protest of the war in Ukraine.

The European Broadcasting Union announced last week that Russia will be barred from competing in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Turin in May. – Associated Press

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