Zelenskyy tells filmmakers to stand for free speech at 75th Cannes Film Festival: 'Fight the dictatorship'

In his virtual address, Zelenskyy drew parallels between Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine and Nazi Germany during World War II. 

The Ukrainian president encouraged those who attended the French Riviera festival to stand up for free speech, especially in the faces of dictators who seek control.

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy appears via remote during the opening ceremony of the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy appears via remote during the opening ceremony of the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

“The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people,” Zelenskyy said, quoting Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” — a film that was banned in Germany for its satire of Adolf Hitler.

“We need a new Chaplin who will demonstrate that the cinema of our time is not silent,” he added.

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Festival workers pull the official poster into place at the Grand Theatre Lumiere during preparations for the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 15, 2022. The Cannes film festival runs from May 17th until May 28th 2022. (AP Photo/Dejan Jankovic)

Festival workers pull the official poster into place at the Grand Theatre Lumiere during preparations for the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 15, 2022. The Cannes film festival runs from May 17th until May 28th 2022. (AP Photo/Dejan Jankovic)

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