Sentsov accidentally filmed a battle in Russia's war on Ukraine - the footage will now star at Karlovy Vary

Oleh Sentsov with his counterpart on the front
Oleh Sentsov with his counterpart on the front

Oleh Sentsov's new documentary film - shot accidentally during a battle in Russia's war on Ukraine - will be screened at the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czechia.

Sentsov is a well known political prisoner, spending five years in Russian prison on a conviction described as "fabricated" by Amnesty International and other organizations.

His new film 'Real' will be shown in the Special Screenings program at the 59th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

An officer as well as a director, 'Real' is the first-hand account of a battle Sentsov himself participated in. When his armored personnel carrier was hit by the enemy, the incident was accidentally filmed on a tactical camera.

Oleh then hid in a nearby trench and with nearly no ammunition and taking enemy fire, used radio communication to try to organize the evacuation of part of his unit to a position codenamed "Real".

A shot from the movie "Real" <span class="copyright">@Артхаус Трафік</span>
A shot from the movie "Real" @Артхаус Трафік

"Real is not a movie in its classical sense," Sentsov said.

"This is a piece of life during the war, which was filmed by accident, but which shows its true face without embellishments and falsehoods."

A shot from the movie "Real" <span class="copyright">@Артхаус Трафік</span>
A shot from the movie "Real" @Артхаус Трафік

With the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sentsov joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces and fought on the southeastern Front.

The director and former Kremlin prisoner has been wounded several times during the fighting.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is a class A festival and considered one of the most important in Central and Eastern Europe.

The festival will be held from June 28 to July 6.

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