The International Competition presented the Georgian film “My Happy Family”, the National – the final block of the short film competition, and the Festival Palace hosted the screening of the prize-winner of the Cannes Film Festival “The Square”, while the Summer Film School held master classes by Sergey Loznitsa and the guest of honour of the Festival Agnieszka Holland
The Odesa International Film Festival is reaching its end. All the days of OIFF were very eventful, and today was no exception. The final screening at the Festival Palace was that of a film-winner of the 70th Cannes Film Festival “The Square” (directed by Ruben Ostlund), a Swedish intellectual comedy about the curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, which presents an urban art installation “The Square” – a symbolic space, where only good deeds are allowed. The film screening took place in the best traditions of sold-outs at OIFF.
The International Competition featured the film “My Happy Family” (directed by Nana Ekvtimishvilli and Simon Gross), co-produced by Georgia, Germany and France, in which the authors raise the familiar topic of parents, children and the middle age crisis from a new angle – this is not a typical story, which goes against the Georgian family traditions. The film was presented by producer Guillaume De Seille, actresses Iya Shugashvili and Tsysia Kvamsashvili. “The musical content in the film was chosen by Nana – the director of the film, and in Georgia songs play a significant role. There are Georgian songs, folk songs and author’s songs. Everything has been recorded naturally, live,” shared the actress Iya Shugashvili.
“The directors of the film are a creative tandem in their work and their personal life. They always brought precise ideas to the set, and worked very smoothly,” said the other actress Tsysia Kvamsashvili.
The French film “A Young Girl in Her Nineties” (directed by Valérie Bruni-Tedeschi and Yann Coridian) was presented in the competition of European documentary films – a story about the famous choreographer Thierry Thieû Niang teaching dance to patients with Alzheimer’s syndrome at a geriatric ward. The film was presented by the dancer and choreographer Thierry Thieû Niang, who played the main role, and the producer Marie Balducci. “It was difficult to create the film, and it’s a real miracle that the team managed to do it,” Thierry said.
The co-production of Ukraine and Slovakia “The Line” directed by Peter Bebjak was demonstrated in the section “Special Screenings” – a criminal thriller about smuggling on the border between Ukraine and Slovakia. The film received a prize for Best Director at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The film was presented by Ukrainian actress, jury member of the International Competition Rimma Zyubina, who played one of the main roles in the film. “The title “The Line” wasn’t a random choice. After all, there are lines that a person can cross several times a day. And there is line that can be crossed only once,” the actress said. Rimma Zyubina is well-known to the audience and guests of the Odesa Film Festival for her role in the film “The Nest of the Turtledove”, which last year became the winner of the National Competition Programme.
Today, another film was shown in the non-competition programme – “Occupation” (directed by Mark Hammond). In the film, the events take place at the Odesa Film Studio in 1971, during a time of overwhelming censorship and total control in the world of cinema.
The honorary guest of OIFF-2017, Chairwoman of the Board of the European Film Academy and three-time nominee for an Academy Award, Agnieszka Holland, presented her directorial work “Spoor”, produced by Polish director and screenwriter Krzysztof Zanussi. In the film, based on the novel by Olga Tokarchuk, the director combined a fairy tale and an ecological thriller. Holland herself defines the film as “an anarchist-feminist criminal drama with elements of black comedy.” The world premiere of the film was held at the 67th Berlin Film Festival, where it was awarded the Alfred Bauer Prize (Silver Bear), which is awarded for new discoveries in cinema and an original view of reality.
The final block of the National Short Film Competition was screened, namely: “Lilac” (Kateryna Gornostai), “Giddiness” (Yura Katynsky), “Technical Break” (Philip Sotnychenko), “Housewarming” (Nadia Parfan), “Graduation 97” (Pavlo Ostrikov).
The Stella Artois Green Theatre held a screening of the prize-winner of the International Film Festival in Locarno, the family drama “The Long Farewell” by the outstanding director, winner of numerous film awards Kira Muratova.
On the penultimate day of the festival, master classes were conducted by director Sergei Loznitsa and the guest of honour of OIFF-2017, Polish director Agnieszka Holland, and Film Industry Officce awarded its winners.
In addition, the iClub event was held, with the support of TA Ventures, AT “TASCOMBANK” and Il Decameron Clubhouse Odessa, as part of the OIFF business programme. The event consisted of three blocks – a special report, “Medicine 2030: How to prolong life and overcome illness in the coming decades?”, the speaker of which was Richard Barker, moderated by James Payre; a panel discussion “Yard talk: Challenges. Business. Ukraine”, whose speakers were S. Tigipko, E. Kozharna and A. Sokolovskyi, and the moderator was journalist Dmytro Gordon; and, in conclusion, the OIFF President Viktoriya Tigipko moderated the keynote event with Sergei Loznitsa, who talked about his creative path, important moments in creating his films, the need for national cinema and screenings abroad, and also emphasized the importance of education for young specialists and the upgrading of skills of already existing professionals. The event ended in an informal atmosphere at Il Decameron Сlubhouse Odesa.
The festival club “Caleton” hosted a performance by MyImaginaryFriends, who played live electronic music.