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‘Limonov’s Ben Whishaw Recalls His First Cannes In 2009: “I Have A Horrifying Memory”

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Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov to Cannes this year with his fourth film in Competition and his first in English. Titled Limonov: The Ballad, it tells the incredible story of Eduard Limonov — pronounced “Le-morrr-nov” not “Limunuv” — a Russian renegade poet who traversed the world, reinventing himself whenever times got hard (and they usually did).

To star, the director chose British actor Ben Whishaw, himself a chameleonic actor who’s just as at home taking tea with the Queen in his Paddington guise as he is playing Hamlet onstage at the Old Vic.

Here, he talks about getting to grips with an enigma and recalls his first-ever Cannes for her movie Bright Star in 2009. DEADLINE: How did you get involved with this project? BEN WHISHAW: It was during lockdown, so I think it was maybe sent to me around August or September 2020.

Goodness… A long time ago now! It was during that crazy lockdown time when everyone was wanting to be doing something, but no one could.

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