I wanted to show life in Post-Soviet Ukraine during 1990s through this film: Director of ‘Rhino’, Oleh Sentsov at IFFI52
Rhino Actors are Serhii Filimonov, Yevhen Grygoriev, Alina Zevakova and Produced by Denys Ivanov, Oleg Sentsov, Dariusz Jabłoński, Violetta Kamińska, Izabela Wójcik, Heino Deckert, and Tina Börner
Panaji, Goa, India, 24 November 2021: “My film is very violent and tough. I wanted to show the life in Post-Soviet Ukraine during the ‘wild’ 1990s through this film,” said Director of IFFI52 World Panorama film Rhino Oleh Sentsov. He was addressing a media interaction at the 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa today.
“I am a self-taught person and moved to film-making late. Life is short and I want to keep making films,” said Oleh Sentsov whose movie Rhino features also had Asian Premiere at IFFI52 yesterday. The film was also shown at Venice Film Festival 2021 earlier.
Veronica Welch, who is part of Rhino team, while interacting with the media said that “We were not sure how the film will be understood by audience world over as the topic of collapse of Soviet Union is very local. But art connects people and our film shows that life is a combination of our choices and environment around us and there is always a question of how much control we have over those circumstances.”
Speaking about portrayal of rising violence in Rhino Oleh Stentsov said, “I hate criminal dramas and hate violence but wanted this film to be realistic. It is based on real story of mine and the character lives a different and not so good life but he changes after some incidents happen with him. I wanted to show this criminal world without any efforts to bring romance into the story. I wanted to show how real world is.”
He further added, “It is my effort to show to the current generation how was life in Ukraine in 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 in social media is not real and we have to work hard to have decent living. Crime is not the way to get there and they may end up paying heavy price for indulging in criminal activities.”
Is a story of petty thief, a young man nicknamed Rhino quickly works his way up the criminal hierarchy in 1990s, Ukraine. Rhino has only known power and cruelty, but with nothing left to lose, could he finally find a chance at redemption?
About the Director
Director of movie Oleh Sentsov was born on 13 July 1976 in Simferopol, Crimean Oblast, Ukrainian 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.
Director, Thomas Kruithof of the film ‘Promises’, Director, Oleh Sentsov, and Crew, Veronika Kruglashova of the film ‘Rhino’ addressing a press conference, during the 52nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2021), in Panaji, Goa on November 24, 2021.