The Gamer moviemaker was arrested in May, 2014 after attending a protest against the invasion of his native Crimea by Russian troops earlier in the year (14).

Russian authorities accused him of organising terrorist activities, and a group of European directors, including Leigh, Loach, Almodovar, Stephen Daldry and Wim Wenders, launched a public campaign urging Russian leader Vladimir Putin to release him.

The drive was unsuccessful and Sentsov, 39, went on trial in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don this week (beg20Jul15), with prosecutors alleging he created a terrorist group and carried out a series of attacks in an attempt to destabilise the region.

Sentsov has denied the charges against him, and declared in court, "I consider this case to be political and falsified."