This year 8 films from 9 countries will participate in the European Documentary Competition programme of the Odesa International Film Festival
For the third year in a row Ukrainian documentary filmmaker Serhiy Bukovsky curates the OIFF European Documentary Competition. The programme of the 11th edition of the festival will feature 8 films from Finland, Switzerland, Turkey, Israel, France, Germany, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Spain (co-productions including):
- Conductivity by Anna-Karin Grönroos is a film about creative leadership told through the story of three young conductors at the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.
- The Pageant by Eytan Ipeker. Every year since 2011, a unique beauty contest takes place in Haifa. The contestants are female survivors of the Holocaust. In the midst of this flashy spectacle, their personal traumas remain as deep as ever.
- Summerwar by Moritz Shulz follows two twelve-year-olds whose parents enrolled them in the summer camp of the Azov Regiment. Here children are taught how to make a bed, what the benefits are of group identity, and how to assemble a Kalashnikov rifle. They are destined to become proud Ukrainians prepared to fight and die for their country.
- I Am the Sun by Ilaria Gambarelli is an intimate portrait of the Italian designer Lorenzo Riva and his relationship with his collaborator and ex-partner in life Luigi Valietti. Since the crash of their brand, the couple have been forced to work in the shade and depend on each other, economically and emotionally.
- I Want You If You Dare by Dagmar Smržová offers a new perspective on the life of a poor family living in a village. Single mother Martina raised twin girls, one of whom was born blind and the other with polio, leaving her disabled.
- Las Hermanas de Rocinante by Alexandra Kaufmann is a cinematic novel about a childhood in the countryside and the first encounter with death. With the explosion of the economic crisis, thousands of Spanish horses were abandoned by their owners. A group of girls has gathered around a horsewoman to give these unwanted animals a new lease of life.
- The Prophet and The Space Aliens by Yoav Shamir follows Rael, who after an alleged encounter with extraterrestrials - that appointed him the "last prophet" - became the founder and leader of the world’s biggest UFO religion. Search for loyal followers will shed the light on the many themes and questions that religion and faith lay bare
- Gevar's Land by Qutaiba Barhamji tells the story of Guevar, who settled with his son and partner in the suburbs of Reims after arriving from Syria. He has decided to invest in the rental of a small patch of land to grow vegetables. The director films them over four seasons as they settle on this new ground that often rebels against the couple’s hopes.