The second part of the program has been announced and tickets sale for the screenings of the 12th Odesa International Film Festival have been opened

The program of the 12th Odesa International Film Festival was supplemented by films. In particular, the out-of-competition sections of the festival will show the winner of Palme d'Or of the Cannes Film Festival, a thriller with Ben Whishaw, a surreal comedy with Michelle Pfeiffer, and other films.

In addition to the already announced films, in Festival of Festivals program will be shown:

  • Titane by Julia Ducournau, France/Belgium, 2021

After a series of bizarre crimes, the father is reunited with his son, who went missing 10 years ago. Titanium: resistant to high temperatures and corrosion metal with alloys of high strength.

Palme d'Or of the Cannes Film Festival (2021)

  • Great Freedom by Sebastian Meise, Austria/Germany, 2021

In post-war Germany, Hans was imprisoned again and again for homosexuality. Through paragraph 175, his desire for freedom is systematically destroyed. The only permanent relationship in his life is a relationship with a longtime cellmate Victor, convicted of murder. The thing which begins with disgust turns into something called love.

Jury Prize of Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival (2021)

  • Olga by Elie Grappe, France / Switzerland / Ukraine, 2021

The year 2013. The 15-year-old gymnast has to choose between Switzerland, where she trains for the European Championships in preparation for the Olympics, and Ukraine, where her mother, who was a journalist, covers Euromaidan.

International Critics' Week Award at Cannes Film Festival (2021)

  • Never Gonna Snow Again by Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert, Poland / Germany / Netherlands, 2020

A masseur from the East enters the lives of wealthy residents of a boring, closed community. Despite the wealth, the inhabitants radiate inner sadness, longing. The hands of the mysterious stranger heal, his eyes seem to penetrate into their souls. To them, his Russian accent sounds like a song from the past, a memory of their seemingly safer childhood. His name is Zhenia and he changes their lives.

Special award of Venice IFF (2020)

The following films will be shown in Gala Premieres non-competition program:

  • Surge by Aneil Karia, Great Britain, 2020

Quiet and peaceful, Joseph leads a modest life in London, traveling between his apartment and the airport, where he works in a security team. His birthday goes unnoticed by colleagues and is only celebrated for good by his annoying parents. Something seems to be boiling inside Joseph. Just a few strange cases are enough to provoke him to go on a reckless, crazy and incredible journey through the streets of the city, when he decides: secrecy and politeness will no longer determine his life.

Special Jury Prize of the World Cinema Section for Acting at the Sundance Film Festival (Ben Whishaw, 2020)

  • Lovers by Nicole Garcia, France, 2020

Lisa and Simon are inseparable. They have been fascinated by each other since adolescence. A tragedy occurs because of Simon's criminal activity. He is in danger and runs away. Without Lisa. She waits in vain for news from him. Three years later, when she is already married to Leo, their paths cross again on an island in the Indian Ocean.

The following films are presented in the non-competition section Special Screenings:

  • French Exit by Azazel Jacobs, Canada/Ireland/United Kingdom, 2020

An elderly Manhattan socialite, who spends the remnants of her fortune, moves to a small apartment in Paris with her son and cat.

Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress (Michelle Pfeiffer, 2021)

  • The Year of the Everlasting Storm by Jafar Panahi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, USA, 2021

A love letter to cinema, shot in the United States, Iran, Chile, China and Thailand by the seven most important directors of today. New life in the old house. A parting — a meeting. Observation and reconciliation. Unrecognizable world in the year of the everlasting storm.

  • Heavens Above by Srdzhan Dragoievich, Serbia/Germany/Northern Macedonia/Slovenia/Croatia/Montenegro/Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2021

Stoyan is as boring and simple as he is kind. When a halo appears above his head after an accident while replacing a light bulb, it quickly becomes a new pastime in the city. His strong-willed wife Nada is not at all pleased with the unwanted attention of the neighbors… Whatever she does, nothing can extinguish the radiant ugliness from her husband's head and make him invisible again, as before. Meanwhile, Stoyan, an involuntary saint, begins to love his new way of life and begins to commit heavy crimes...

  • A Prayer for Hetman Mazepa by Yurii Illienko, Ukraine, 2002

The plot is based on a dialogue "at loggerheads" of historical antagonists: Peter I, who plunders Ivan's sarcophagus, and Hetman Ivan, who rises from the grave to tell about his life, especially about the struggle of two statesmen.

The screening of the film is timed to the anniversary of the birth of Bohdan Stupka, who played a major role in the film.

There will also be a screening of In Honor of Terry Gilliam program at the 12th OIFF. One of the films presented in the section was the adventure film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. According to the plot, the cynical director of advertising Toby finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoemaker who considers himself Don Quixote. He is forced to face the tragic consequences of a film, shot by him in his youth, that changed the dreams and hopes of a small Spanish village forever. Will Toby be able to straighten up and regain his human appearance? Will Don Quixote be able to avoid madness and imminent death? Or will love to overcome everything?

Tickets for the shows can be purchased here: https://oiff.com.ua/festival/schedule.html?1

*With the support of Ukrainian State Film Agency

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