Six films directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, Sergei Loznitsa, Paweł Pawlikowski and Abdellatif Kechiche, among others, conclude this year’s selection.
Festival of the Festivals, the non-competitive section of the 9th Odesa International Film Festival, has completes its 2018 line-up. Six films that premiered and were awarded in Cannes, including the Palme d’Or winner, along with Berlin and Venice will be screened this year.
In details the films of the Festival of the Festivals section are:
The winner of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Japanese drama Shoplifters, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda follows the story of a poor family barely making both ends meet and sometimes resorting to petty theft. During one of such “shoplifting business” Osamu together with his son come across a little girl who is struggling to survive in the freezing cold and decide to give her shelter. But the unexpected event unearths a devastating secret that is now a challenge for the family bonds.
Donbass by one of the most famous Ukrainian filmmakers in the realm of feature and documentary films, Sergei Loznitsa. A hybrid war with an open armed conflict, massacres and robberies of separatists’ gangs takes place in the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine. The war there is called peace, propaganda is served as truth, and hatred is proclaimed as love. The journey to Donbass is a series of interesting adventures, where grotesque and drama are intertwined in a life-and-death manner. Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival as the opening film of the Un Certain Regard section where it was awarded with the Best Directing Prize.
Cold War by Polish Oscar winning director Paweł Pawlikowski. A passionate love story of a man and a woman. They are of a different origin, with different characters, being extremely incompatible but still doomed to each other. Living in the 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris during the Cold War, they are divided by politics, personal flaws and the whims of destiny. The times are impossible, so is their love. Best Director award at Cannes Film Festival. Ewa Puszczyńska, the chairman of the International Jury and producer of the film, will be presenting the film at OIFF.
Burning by South Korean Li Chang-dong. A psychological drama about today’s youngsters. A delivery guy, Jong-Su is jobless when he meets a girl who once lived in his area. She asks him to look after her cat while she is in Africa. Upon her return, Hae-Mi introduces him to Ben – the mysterious guy she has met during the trip. One day, Ben confesses a strange hobby to Jong-su. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes Film Festival.
An Elephant Sitting Still the directorial debut by late Hu Bo. Under the gloomy skies of a small northern Chinese city the lives of different people are linked together in a sad narrative of nihilistic wrath. Through a virtuoso visual composition, the film tells a story of a long daylight. It’s already dark when the bus departs to Manzhouli – to the circus elephant, which is said to be sitting still. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Berlinale. Mektoub, My love: Canto Uno by Palme d’Or-awarded director Abdellatif Kechiche. A drama that depicts an ambitious Parisian scriptwriter Amin, who comes back to his native fishing village in southern France to spend summer with his family, childhood friends, his brother Tony and best friend Ophelia. The trio hangs out in local bars and on the beaches full of girls on holidays. This retreat will bring vibrant affairs, passionate love stories and unrequited love – Amin is searching for his place in life. Premiere at Venice Film Festival.
The 9th Odesa International Film Festival runs from 13 to 21 July and the rest of the Festival of the Festivals films have already been announced.