The Ukrainian film Homeward presented with ‘Golden Duke’ statuette for winning Grand Prix at the Odesa IFF

The award was presented at the grand premiere in Kyiv

10th OIFF Grand-Prix winner Homeward was presented with ‘Golden Duke’ statuette, the main award of the Odesa International Film Festival. In July the film shared the Grand Prix with Levan Akin's Swedish-Georgian drama And Then We Danced. For the first time in the history of the Odesa International Film Festival two films won the main prize. Therefore, the second Golden Duke statuette had to be made additionally. At the grand premiere of the film, the creative group of Homeward received the statuette from Julia Sinkevych, the general producer of the Odesa International Film Festival.

Grand Prix at the OIFF is awarded by audience and this year for the first time not only two films received the same number of votes, but also the Ukrainian movie won the main prize. For us it was very symbolic. However, we were not ready for such results and had only one statuette made. And today, when the movie meets the audience again, this award has finally found you, Nariman. And it is not only yours, it also belongs to the whole creative group’, - Julia Sinkevych said, when presenting the ‘Golden Duke’ to Nariman Aliyev, the director of the film.

The film Homeward is Nariman Aliyev’s feature-length debut. According to the story, Mustafa (starring Akhtem Seitablayev) decides to bury his eldest son at home in Crimea after he died at war in the eastern Ukraine. Together with his youngest son, the father embarks on a journey that will hugely influence their relationship.

The world premiere of Homeward took place within Un Certain Regard section at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. The film has now been shortlisted for the Oscars and the Golden Globes, as well as recognized as the Best International Feature Film of the 7th International Bosphorus Film Festival, where Akhtem Seitablayev also received the Best Actor Award. In addition, the film won the award for the Best Film at the Bucharest International Film Festival.

Photo by: Sergii Khandusenko