Actress Isabelle Huppert acted in support of Kirill Serebrennikov

Actress Isabelle Huppert acted in support of Kirill Serebrennikov

French actress Isabelle Huppert during her acceptance speech at the presentation of the award “Moliere” for achievements in the performing arts supported by Russian Director Kirill Serebrennikov.

The award “Moliere” was held on 29 may, the broadcast of the ceremony can be viewed on the Youtube channel of the broadcasting company France Télévisions.

During his speech, Huppert said that her theater — support, however, “and the theatre itself, sometimes you have to protect,” as it is “very fragile”.

“The prize “Moliere” brought me a lot of emotion and joy. But it also gives me the opportunity to Express support for Kirill Serebrennikov, Russian theatre and film Director, whom are now all very worried. I don’t know whether Mr. Putin tonight in France, or has he already returned to Moscow. Mr Putin, leave him alone! It is better to attend his performances,” said Huppert.

Monday, may 29, in France, the first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the new President of France Emmanuel Makron. Official one-day visit at the invitation of the French side: the presidents opened at Versailles the exhibition in honor of the 300th anniversary of the visit of Peter to France.

Searches in the apartment of the Director Kirill Serebrennikov and the Gogol center, the head of which he is held may 23. The TFR reported that the raids in the theater and about 20 locations were associated with the investigation of the theft of about 200 million rubles allocated from the state budget for the development and promotion of theatre arts. According to investigators, the money was stolen by the leadership of the “Seventh Studio”, which was created Serebrennikov.

The government was questioned as a witness and released. After that, the Director issued an appeal to those who opposed his arrest, and thanked them for their support.

At that time, as Serebrennikov being searched, the building of the Gogol center, brought together well-known Russian actors, Directors, and other artists. They wrote a collective appeal, which was read actiris Chulpan Khamatova.

In support Serebrennikov was also made by the Council of the Guild theatre Directors, the head of the Bolshoi theatre Vladimir urin, people’s artist of Russia Yevgeny Mironov, who gave the Russian President a letter in support of the head of the Gogol center while receiving state awards and many others. Director Andrey Zvyagintsev called the detention Serebrennikov “political gesture of intimidation”.

In support of the head of the Gogol center were not only Russian artists. The appeal in defense Serebrennikov, published by the newspaper Liberation, was signed by French actors, Directors of theaters and other cultural figures. “We Express our deep concern at the inadequate attitude of this great artist on a global scale. How not to see in these actions, another attempt of intimidation?” — the statement says.

On 25 may, the consequence asked to arrest the former General Director “the Seventh Studio” Yuri Idina and her ex-accountant Nina Masleeva. Itin the court refused to admit the fact of embezzlement of funds, the court ruled to place him under house arrest. Nina Masliaev, initially confessed that their testimony subsequently refused.

Kirill Serebrennikov, Russian theatre Director. Since 2006 — one of the founders and art Directors of the festival-school “Territory”. In 2011 he created the project “Platform” and became its artistic Director. In 2012, firing the acting and directing course at the Studio School of the Moscow art theatre, it has formed the basis of the “Seventh Studio”. In 2012 Serebrennikov appointed artistic Director of the Moscow drama theatre. N. Gogol, after which he announced the reform of theatre and rename it the “Gogol-center”.