The gap is partially filled by others willing to tell Ukraine-related stories on screen, but often failing to mention Ukraine.
A case in point is the festival’s opening movie “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky,” a love story between the famous French designer and the great Russian composer. It was made by the star duo of director Jan Kounen (“99 Francs” was his previous work) and famous producer Claudie Ossard (“The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain”). A reference to Stravinsky’s Ukrainian roots was highly expected, but there was none of it on screen.
Stravinsky’s family had roots in Volyn Oblast. His father came from Chernihiv Oblast in the Russian empire, studied in Nizhyn, and debuted in Kyiv as a singer. He later became the lead bass at Mariyinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.