Car garages are in ruins after shelling. Fires are burning all over. A frightened 11-year-old girl looks for a place to hide as a tank chases her. A teenage boy in a helmet and camouflage leans out of a broken armored motor car and tries to surrender.
The Ukrainian feature film "Brothers. The Final Confession" finally opened in theaters in September, two years after it was made. The movie, a psychological drama, tells the story about two helpless old brothers who live next to each other in the wooden huts far from civilization on the hills of the Carpathian Mountains. They don't speak to each other because of an old feud but still compete to see who will live longer.
It should be a marriage made in Hollywood - Ukraine's natural beauty, wide variety of locations, numerous film studios and cheap labor hooking up with international moviemakers looking for the ideal spot to film their latest blockbuster.
Three new documentaries tell the story of Ukraine's path from student protests to entrenched war against Russian-separatist forces in the Donbas. The films take on the challenge of condensing a complex struggle into less than two hours of footage, aiming to educate a largely Western audience.
The irony and sadness of the fate of the Crimean Tatars runs through "Qirim," a short documentary by Ksenia Giorno, a Ukrainian director based in the United Arab Emirates. The film portrays three generations of Crimean Tatars, drawing parallels between the past and the present situation in Crimea, in which the Tatars have again become exiles - but in their own homeland.
Ukrainian post-production studios are playing a big role in wowing international cinema audiences with computer-generated imagery and sound mixing. Post-production is a term for all stages of work that take place after filming. Such processes are typically managed by several studios and Ukraine is developing a reputation as a low-cost, yet high-quality location.
As the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazism in Europe approaches on May 8, the Kyiv Post picks our choices for the five best movies that feature Ukraine in World War II. All the films are available with English translation or subtitles.
Four foreign erotic channels – Playboy, XXL, EroxHD and Russkaya Noch (Russian Night) – have applied for licenses with the television and radio regulator to broadcast in Ukraine. The decision will most likely be positive, regulators say, which means that after a four-year hiatus of erotic shows on television, viewers will be able to watch them again.
International annual film festival DocuDays takes place on March 20-27 in Kyiv.
One doesn't often see Kyiv streets in Hollywood blockbusters. So it came as a surprise when the footage of the EuroMaidan Revolution from February 2014 appeared in the recently released trailer for the upcoming adventure movie “Tomorrowland," directed by two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird.
Ukrainian women marry and deceive U.S. men in the documentary "Love Me," released in Kyiv on March 11. The U.S. premiere took place in April 2014 and received good reviews.
On Feb. 22, the eight best movies of 2014 will be competing for The Oscars. Despite being considered a haven of mainstream films, the 87th Academy Awards surprises with some art-house nominees that compete with the high-quality costume films and biography dramas.
When mass killings of the EuroMaidan Revolution protesters shook Ukraine on Feb. 20, 2014, YouTube overflowed with videos of the carnage that – combined with previous murders – claimed more than 100 lives before President Victor Yanukovych fled power.