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.
For many of the world’s 1.5 billion Catholics, the church is still sacred even though its image has been badly marred by scandals involving priests who sexually abuse minors. Yet this problem with Catholic clergy is ancient.
Ukrainian movie directors are still trying for art house success. A new collection of short movies called “Ukrainian Evil” has been released, but only one of them seems to be gathering some fans.
It’s not the first time that a prestigious international film festival selected a film by movie talented Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy for its program. And it wasn’t the first time that the director’s same movie has received such an honor.
Going to the theatre to watch “Anna Karenina,” I was skeptical about it. I carried with me a bad impression from another collaboration by director Joe Wright and actress Keira Knightley, “Pride and Prejudice” from 2005.
Everybody who enjoyed “The Lord Of The Rings” epic trilogy was looking forward to the moment when another John Ronald Reuel Tolkien book, “The Hobbit,” would be brought to the screen.
Imagine a Grim Reaper that wears high heels, smokes and drinks champagne with a victim. Oh wait, you don’t have to imagine that, you can just watch “Rita’s Last Fairy Tale,” now in cinemas.