How free should art be? This is an ongoing debate in Russia. Now, a film about ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya and her relationship with Nicholas II could be banned because Orthodox Church members have taken offense.
The film "Matilda," starring Lars Eidinger as the last Russian tsar, does not offend religious feelings in Russia, according to an expert's report. DW's Juri Rescheto talks to Eidinger in Moscow about the controversy.
The Moscow Jewish Film Festival began its third edition this week, showcasing a proud Jewish film tradition - and sense of humor - in times of religious hate and intolerance. DW's Juri Rescheto reports from Moscow.
Critics fear the Russian Orthodox Church is encroaching on public life after a Russian film about Tsar Nikolai II is threatened with a ban due to insulting "religious sentiment among believers."
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