Screenings of 5 Ukrainian feature films and 4 short films will be held 6-14 October 2017 in one of the oldest cinemas in Europe “Odysseus” and the cinema hall of the Palace of Europe.
The week of Ukrainian cinema is organized by the permanent mission of Ukraine to the Council of Europe and the State Agency of Ukraine for cinema in cooperation with the municipality of Strasbourg. Coorganizer and partner of the event is Odesa International Film Festival. Among other partners of the Week are cinema “Odysseus”, company “Ukraine International Airlines“, Ukrainian communities of Alsace – “М.І.С.Т.” and “Promo Ukraїna”.
“During last years have been produced a lot of quality and interesting movies. On the OIFF-2017 was shown a record number of Ukrainian films in all 8 years of the Odesa Film Festival – 48”, says general producer of Odesa International Film Festival Julia Sinkevych. “But unfortunately Ukrainian cinema is not well-known abroad and for us as international festival is important to popularize national cinema not only inside the country but also abroad. That’s why we initiated the “Ukraine in focus” in France”.
Residents and guests of Strasbourg, diplomats of 47 countries-members of the Council of Europe, Secretariat staff and Council of Europe institutions will be able to watch Ukrainian feature movies “Their Prayer” by Ahtem Seitablaev (screening on October, 6th), “Close Relations” by Vitaly Mansky (screening on October, 7th), “Chervony” by Zaza Buadze (screening on October, 12th), “The Stronghold” by Yuri Kovaliov (screening on October, 14th) and short film movies by participants and winners of Odesa International Film Festival – “Blood Sausage” by Arkadiy Nepytaliuk, “It Was Showering in Manchester” by Antonio Lukic and Valeria Kalchenko, “Nail” by Philip Sotnychenko, “Graduation’ 97” by Pavlo Ostrikov (screening on October, 7th). Also in the framework of “Ukraine in Focus” will be the screening of classic of Ukrainian cinema Yuri Ilyenko “White bird with black mark” (screening on October, 8th).
In Strasbourg will present their works director Ahtem Seitablaev (“Their Prayer”), producer Julia Sinkevych (“Close Relations”), scriptwriter of film “Chervony” and author of the eponymous book Andriy Kokotyukha, directors Antonio Lukic (“It Was Showering in Manchester”) and Pavlo Ostrikov (“Graduation’ 97”).
A pleasant surprise will wait for visitors of the event – company “Ukraine International Airlines” prepare the draw of the certificate. The winner will be a lucky owner of tickets for two persons from France to Ukraine, namely to Odesa, which is inextricably connected with Ukrainian and world cinema.
Within the “Ukraine in Focus” there will be held meetings of Pylyp Ilyenko (head of the State Ukraine Agency for cinema) with representatives of the European cinema support fund Eurimage (Eurimages), representatives of French film industry and the Ukrainian community of Alsace. During the meetings will be discussed perspectives of development of Ukrainian cinema as part of European cultural space.