OIFF-2021 – Day 7: “Titane” and the Film Industry Office awards

On the penultimate day of the 12th Odesa International Film Festival, the audience watched “National Competition. Shorts” program which included 8 films. In particular, the following movies were demonstrated: “Run, Tanya, run” (directed by Sofiia Polishchuk), “The Second Wave” (directed by Maria Stoianova), “Maria” (directed by Vladlen Odudenko), “Unnecessary Things” (directed by Dmytro Lisenbart), “Dad’s Sneakers” (directed by Olha Zhurba), “Tiger is Strolling Around” (directed by Anastasiia Falileieva), “Good Boy” (directed by Maria Ponomarova), “Leopolis Night” (directed by Nikon Romanchenko).

Creative teams of the films came to introduce their works and to tell about the main ideas and creative inspirations. For example, the director of the film “The Second Wave” Maria Stoianova said that this is a film about her grandfather from Odesa. Olha Zhurba, the author of the film “Dad’s Sneakers”: “I am grateful for such a chance, that I have an opportunity to demonstrate our film. It is about the feelings of a teenager before the adoption”.

My film is a little documentary as the girl’s feelings on the screen are my own feelings too”, the author of the stop motion “Tiger is Strolling Around” Anastasiia Falileieva remarked.

Nikon Romanchenko commented on his work “Leopolis Night”: “For me, it’s like a crazy experience as it was a play experiment in which there is a script, it is very original, but frank and sincere”.

The film was shot right before the pandemic and now it seems to me that many of us can recognize the feelings of the character. This film is dedicated to all good boys, good girls and adults”, director of “Good Boy” Mariia Ponomarova said.

Our film is retro fiction poetry”, Dmytro Lisenbart said about “Unnecessary Things”.

The non-competition program of the “Festival of Festivals” premiered Julia Ducournau’s film “Titane” which received Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival (2021) and has already become a sensation. Interestingly, Ducournau became the second woman director to win Palme d’Or and the first woman to win a solo victory.

At the “Festival of Festivals” section, two films were presented: “A Hero” and “Never Gonna Snow Again”. Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian film “A Hero” won Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival (2021). Małgorzata Szumowska’s film “Never Gonna Snow Again” was included in the main program of the Venice Film Festival in 2020 and became a candidate from Poland for the Oscar Foreign Language Film Award.

Anatolii Sachivko’s debut “VODURUDU” was included in the out-of-competition program “Ukrainian Gala Premieres”. The author of the film is the chief of the dance group Apache Crew. It is a folk-improvisational film-ballet, which revives the Ukrainian national culture through music and dance. “This was an absolute improvisation. Since 2016, every year we went to locations and filmed various scenes. It was all intuitive, based on my inner feelings. This is an experience and what you just follow, fall, and get up”, the director said. After the screening, Apache Crew recreated the plastic-dance improvisation.

Terry Gilliam’s cult film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” was also screened. In the retrospective program Krzysztof Kieślowski’s film “Three Colors: White”, the second part of the “Three Colors” trilogy, was demonstrated as well as Iryna Tsilyk’s documentary “The Earth Is Blue as an Orange” was shown in the program of the Ukrainian retrospective “Independent”. The international premiere of this film took place at the American Sundance Film Festival at which it received the World Cinema Documentary Award.

Also, a master class by the director of editing Oleksandr Chornyi and a creative meeting with the director Oleh Sentsov were held.

If to tell you in a couple of words about my film ‘Rhino’, it is a film about blood, sex, and obscene language. Many people will not like this movie and I am ready for this. But I made this film sincerely”, the director shared.

When I edit a film and get involved in a process, in history, I start living more in the cinematic world than in the real one”, Oleksandr Chornyi said.

On the final day of the Film Industry Office, Work in Progress took place - presentations of Ukrainian film projects at the final stage of shooting or in the post-production. Film professionals also attended a presentation on trends in the audiovisual sector and funding opportunities for cinema in Ukraine.

The day ended with the award ceremony of the winners of the Film Industry Office.

The winner of Pitching was the project of the film Vera directed by Marina Stepanskaya. It received an award of UAH 60,000 from the general media partner, the Ukraine TV channel. Yelizaveta Smith's film "Vacuum" received UAH 30,000 from the official partner izibank. The third place and UAH 25,000 from the media partner oll.tv went to Natalka Vorozhbyt's "Demons", and the "Special Jury Award" went to the project of the film Home, directed by Or Sinai.

In the Work in Progress competition, the winner was Taras Tomenko's film Boney Piles, which received UAH 60,000 from the Ukraine TV channel. The second place was taken by Maksym Nakonechny's film Spas - an award of UAH 25,000 from oll.tv, and the third place and a special award took Dmytro Hreshko's film Ambulance on the Periphery (Mountains and Heaven in Between).

  • ith the support of Ukrainian State Film Agency