A new documentary by widely known Ukrainian director Serhiy Loznytsya was an unplanned creation. When the EuroMaidan Revolution began on Nov. 21, he put aside his other projects and shot “Maidan,” a film about the protest.
While nowadays Ukrainians have to deal with their rather unflattering image created by Russian media, the country’s portrayal in Hollywood movies actually is not much better.
ODESA – The fifth installment of Ukraine’s Odessa International Film Festival came to a muted end on July 19, after Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Donetsk just two days earlier. Organizers canceled a planned gala celebration and instead offered a moment of memorial at the beginning of the closing awards program.
This year’s Odesa International Film Festival includes more than 100 films, including one from Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov. He is imprisoned in Russia on what appear to be trumped-up terrorism charges over his opposition to the Kremlin annexation of Crimea. Any money raised from ticket sales will go to Sentsov’s family to cover legal expenses, organizers say.
While the Ukrainian economy is in recession and its army prepares for war, Ukrainian culture is taking a step forward. A feature film by Ukrainian film director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy made it to the official screening list of Cannes Film Festival that will be held on May 14-25.
With all eyes of the world focused on Ukraine’s events unfolding in the country’s east, the nation’s moviemaking community presented an almanac “Ukraine Voices” – a package of 10 documentaries – during GoEast festival of Central and Eastern European Film.
DocuDays, an annual international human rights documentary festival, will take place in Kyiv’s House of Cinema (Budynok Kino) on March 21-28.
Things can turn funny when a foreigner is dropped into a completely alien culture. Maryna Yer Horbach, 32, took that idea, added an inter-ethnic love story and turned the concoction into a movie.
Two Icelandic films by cinematographer Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson made as splash at Molodist Monday and Tuesday: “The Deep” (to be screened on Oct. 25 at 11:30 p.m. in Kyiv Cinema), an incredible true tale of shipwreck survival in the Arctic and “XL,” a kaleidoscopic 60-ish story of the vast excesses of a Parliament Deputy who wallows in alcohol, food, sex, and drugs.
The red carpet was rolled out at the 43rd Molodist film festival opening on Oct. 19 for famous Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s rousing biopic, “Walesa: Man of Hope,” about the great Lech Walesa – the simple Polish worker who brought down an empire – or kick-started it, at least.
Molodist Film Festival takes place in Kyiv on Oct. 19-27 and features dozens of movies. Seeing them all is impossible, and picking one randomly can easily lead to a spoiled night of “I-don’t-get-this-movie” feeling. In this spirit, the Kyiv Post offers its picks of the most interesting Molodist movies. Tickets to all screenings are Hr 20-50. Movies are shown in original languages with English and Ukrainian subtitles. Visit the festival’s website www.molodist.com/en for the full schedule and additional details.
He was an Armenian man from Georgia who once worked in Ukraine and who sought worldwide fame. The life of Serhiy Parajanov, the famous Soviet filmmaker who lived from 1924 to 1990, is getting replayed on the big screen. The movie “Parajanov” is now in Kyiv cinemas.
On Oct. 3, Zhovten movie theater in Kyiv started screening “Parajanov,” a biographical movie that Ukraine submitted for an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign Film.
Patriotic parents can breathe a sigh of relief, quit complaining about violent western cartoons and finally turn on a Ukrainian cartoon for their child – actually almost any Ukrainian produced cartoon from 1961 onward.
A dozen young men dressed in different Ukrainian military uniforms from the first half of the 20th century gather around a small fire in the woods. Their rifles rest in a corner of the glade nearby. Three of them start constructing a shelter from willow branches while another leads a black horse to the camp.
This film’s very appearance was an event in itself. “Haytarma” (Return in Crimean Tatar) is the first Crimean Tatar movie, and is devoted to the most painful event in the nation’s history – the Stalin-era deportation to Central Asia in May 1944.
“Man of Steel,” a film re-telling the story of Superman, a popular DC comics superhero, was one of the most anticipated movies of this summer. Made by Zack Snyder (the director of “300”) and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy), it really hits you with the heady mix of action, special effects, touching scenes and professionally designed costumes.