The production team of 'Mr. Jones' film participated in Berlinale. Before the film was premiered, they called on the Russian government to release political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, who currently serves time at a penal colony in Labytnangi, northern Russia. Ukrinform news agency reported that.
'Watching this movie today, I thought of our colleague Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian director, and his compatriots, political prisoners kept in Russia. We thought of them when working on this film. We will not forget them', director Agnieszka Holland said.
Before the film was screened, the team held a flash mob right at the red carpet of the festival, holding 'FreeSentsov' and 'Freedom of speech is not a crime' banners, as well a Sentsov's images. Ukrainian activists joined the action.
"Mr. Jones" tells the little-known story of Gareth Jones, a young British journalist who traveled to the Soviet Union in 1933. He wanted to tell the world about the appalling reality of the communist regime, Stalin and the government-induced famine in Ukraine. His efforts are frustrated not just by the Soviet censors, but other Western journalists ignored him as well. Jones’ story helped to inspire George Orwell on creating the novel “Animal Farm.”