6th day of the OIFF: Robert Wiene's "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" accompanied by the iconic British punk cabaret "The Tiger Lillies" at the Green Theatre and presentation of Serhiy Loznitsa's documentary
The Odesa Film Festival is at the peak of the events, and the sixth day presented to the audience documentary film "The Trial" by Serhiy Loznitsa and "Beanpole" by Kantemir Balagov
Today, the International Competition Program continued with Georgian drama "And Then We Danced" directed by Levan Akin tells about the life of Merab, a young dancer of a Georgian nnational ensemble, who drastically changes after falling in love with his ambitious rival. "The theme of our film is a love story that does not depend on the gender. I'll tell you a secret: this film was not the result of watching any other silm - it's a real story about real life and real people", said producer Ketie Danelia.
"My Father is My Mother's Brother" by Ukrainian director Vadym Ilkov was screened today at the National Competition. "I was choosing between two versions of the final editing. One of them was almost two and a half hours long and included more scenes from parties, from the bright and funny bohemian life of the protagonist, and a lot of burlesque. However, in the process I realized that this prevented the viewer from seeing the strength of the character and his personality", the director said. "I've left the ending open, because life goes on, and the story of these people is still being written".
In the non-competition program "Special Screenings", the viewers saw Serhiy Loznitsa's film "The Trial". The events take place in 1930. In the column hall of the House of Unions, we see a group of high-ranking officials who were summoned to court on suspicion of preparing a coup aimed at the destruction of Soviet government, the restoration of capitalism, and the collapse of the USSR. All accusations are fabricated, and the defendants are forced to admit the crimes they did not commit, but the court, which will later become a key element in Stalin's showcase processes, sentences them to death. "In general, my idea was to follow the genesis of the Stalinist processes on the materials of Soviet propaganda cinema. I collected some of the materials at the Russian archive in Krasnogorsk. For me, it was interesting to follow this very serious process, which began from political discussions. It is amazing that the authors of the trial used all the theatrical means in order to achieve their practical goals. This era of documentary propaganda cinema is still hidden in the archives", said the director while personally presenting the film.
Peter Brosens, laureate of the Golden Duke and the Grand Prix of the 8th OIFF for "The King of the Belgians", director, producer and chairman of the jury of the International Competition Program at the 10th OIFF, presented his film "The Fifth Season", co-authored with Jessica Woodworth.
No empty seats were left at the screening of Russian film "Beanpole" by director Kantemir Balagov. This film tells the story of two young women in search for meaning and hope, who are trying to rebuild their lives among the ruins after the Second World War. This year, the film won the Best Director award at the "Special View" program at the Cannes Film Festival.
At his workshop "Everything you always wanted to know about acting but were afraid to ask", actor and director Ivan Shvedoff shared the secrets of acting. "We must admit and accept that we, the actors, work in the service sector. Just like hairdressers, masseurs, cooks, or taxi drivers. There is nothing wrong with that. First and foremost, we need to adhere to the manual. And our manual is the screenplay", he emphasized.
The screening of "Transnistra"" by Swedish filmmaker Anna Eborn took place at the Festival Center Rodina, within the Contest of European Documentary Films."Anna Eborn works very interestingly as a director. Her creativity collaborates with the characters. She quickly gained the trust of heroes, and the work went on naturally", said David Herdies, producer of the film.
"Wartime Romance" directed by Piotr Todorovskyi continued the Ukrainian retrospective "Hollywood on the Black Sea". This is the first and only Ukrainian Soviet film to be nominated for the Academy Awards. In 1984, the film took part in the main competition of the Berlin Film Festival, where Inna Churikova received the Silver Bear as the Best Actress. In the USSR, the film became one of the box office leaders - more than 15 million people watched it.
The section "Series" featured "Virtues" - a dramatic story from British directors Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne. Children's program "OIFF for Children: Together with Childern's Film Fest" continued with Charlie Chaplin's comedy "Circus" dedicated to the 130th anniversary of the birthday of the legendary director and actor.
The Greek Culture Foundation hosted the opening of the "Fragile Memory" exhibition. The exposition includes photo archives of Leonid Burlaka, the Ukrainian cinema operator, who is most famous for cinematography of Stanislav Govorukhin's, "The place of the meeting can not be changed" (1979). Conference Cinema: Backstage conference takes place at the OIFF for the second time. This year, the topic of discussion was the co-production trends in the film industry. Also, the FILM INDUSTRY OFFICE 2019 hosted the Creative Europe Day.
The Green Theatre featured the classic German silent film - Robert Wiene's "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari". The special screening was accompanied by the British musical trio "The Tiger Lillies". The premiere of the film took place in Berlin in 1920, markingt the beginning of German cinematic expressionism. This is the first film in the history of cinema, where the change of human consciousness was depicted.
The intense day ended at the wine bar LOU LOU with the mix of funk-hop and soul from Dj Serge Yamroz, and the Zelda Bar featured a set by Ksenia Palfy.