Michel Hazanavicius, also the director of OSS 117 and The Artist, announced on Monday, April 25, that he would revise the title of his upcoming film, then titled “Z (as Z)”, so that it would not be “associated” in a way something with the war. in Ukraine.
When the Ukrainian conflict got in the way of French director Michel Hazanavicius’ plans. “Faced with the symbolic charge that the letter Z has carried since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, and at the request of Ukrainian filmmakers, I decided to change the title of my film.” He said in a press release that the now forgotten “Z (like Z)” becomes “Cut!”.
Z As Pro-Russian
What is the reason for the excitement of Ukrainian filmmakers? The name of the French director’s comedy recalls the initials displayed on Moscow tanks since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. Having become a symbol of running for the Russian military, the “Z” is used by the Kremlin-funded Russia Today channel, public figures such as Russian gymnast Ivan Kulyak and pro-Russia protesters in Europe.
Michel Hazanavicius, did not want his film to be directly or indirectly related to this war and decided to change the title. A way to show its “full support for the Ukrainian people”, but also to avoid any confusion with this crisis situation. “My film was made to bring joy”, insists Michel Hazanavicius in his press release.