Kremlin bans director from Cannes Film Festival

A Moscow judge has extended the house arrest of Kirill Serebrennikov by three months to mid-July, ensuring that the controversial director cannot attend the Cannes Film Festival where he has a significant entry for the Palme d’Or.

Serebrennikov, director of Moscow’s Gogol Theater and an innovative opera producer, was arrested last August on charges of embezzlement. An outspoken critic of the Putin regime, his punishment is presumed to be political.

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