OF
Opening Film
Фільм Відкриття
Benedikt Erlingsson / Iceland, France, Ukraine / 2018, 100’
Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” fifty-year-old Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. Right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow. Critics’ Week SACD Award at the 2018 Cannes FF
IC
International Competition
Міжнародний конкурс
Wolfgang Fischer / Germany, Austria / 2018, 94’
Rike embodies a typical Western model of happiness and success. She is educated, confident, determined and committed. We see Rike’s everyday life, as an emergency doctor, before she fulfills a long-held dream and sails out to sea alone in her sailing boat. Her goal: Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. But her dream holiday is quickly broken off on the high seas, when, after a storm, she finds herself near a stricken fishing boat. Around a hundred people are about to drown. Rike follows maritime law and radios for help. As her request is going nowhere, she is forced to make a fatal decision.
Jagoda Szelc / Poland / 2017, 106’
Mula lives with her family in the country. Just before her daughter’s First Communion, Mula’s sister – Kaja – pays them a visit. Kaja is the biological mother of the girl, but she suddenly left without a trace 6 years before. The family believes in reconciliation, but Mula believes that Kaja has come to take the child away. Meanwhile, a series of peculiar metaphysical events take place and Kaja’s presence triggers changes in people. Mula’s fear grows and she wants to get rid of her sister. Yet Kaja has come for a reason.
Daria Gaikalova / India, Ukraine / 2017, 119’
The story of one house in three different eras. 50 years ago, it was divided between a school and an apartment, in which a young boy shares a tiny room with his paralyzed grandfather. The same building 20 years later becomes home to a brothel, where a young unexploited concubine is dealing with her first client. Now, 30 years later these same walls surround a sublime home that belongs to a soul-stirring 75-year-old couple. They whisper the secrets of time forgone and seemed to have overcome the undying need for love and escape which seems to have plagued the inhabitants of this house in the past.
Babis Makridis / Greece, Poland / 2018, 99’
A man of about 45 lives with his teenage son in a well-off home. His wife, however, has been in a coma and has been in a private hospital for some time following an accident. His grief has suddenly made everybody have compassion towards him. Then one day, his wife wakes up from the coma. Sadness is now replaced by joy and he is overwhelmed by a yearning to go back to the previous, mournful state. He begins to invent ways to attract the pity that he has come to enjoy so much. He makes sure to destroy any happy moment that arrives and totally loses control of himself.
Roman Bondarchuk / Ukraine, Germany, Monaco / 2018, 106’
A series of odd coincidences has left Lukas, an interpreter for a military checkpoint inspection tour, stranded near a remote village in the south Ukrainian steppe. With nowhere to turn, this city boy finds shelter at the home of a colorful local named Vova. With Vova as his guide, Lukas is confronted by an anarchist universe beyond his imagination, a world in which life seems utterly detached from any identifiable structure. Fascinated by his host and his host’s daughter Marushka, Lukas’s contempt for provincial life slowly melts away and sets him on a quest for a happiness he never knew could exist.
Darya Zhuk / Belarus, Germany, USA, Russia / 2018, 93’
In post-Soviet Belarus, unemployed raver Velya dreams of emigrating to the USA. After purchasing blank letterhead and forging proof of employment to win a much-coveted visa, her dream appears within reach… Until Velya realizes the American consulate plans to call the fake phone number on her application to confirm her employment. Her only solution is to endure a week in a small factory town to convince the authorities of her supposed job. She locates the cramped Soviet apartment, overrun by a family preparing for the wedding of their son. Velya’s presence soon upends both the family's and the town’s order, with potentially disastrous consequences for all.
Constantin Popescu / Romania, France / 2017, 150’
Cristina and Bogdan are a happily married couple and have two children, Maria and Ilie (5 and a half and 7 years old). They are in their thirties, live in a Romanian city, in a nice apartment. He works at a bank, she is an accountant. Their life is the ordinary life of a couple with kids. One Sunday morning, while Bogdan is with the children in the park near their apartment and Cristina is doing some cleaning in the apartment, Maria goes missing. An event that instantly changes the life of the family.
Jim Cummings / United States / 2018, 92’
Officer Jim Arnaud is preparing to address the mourners at his beloved mother’s memorial service but his eulogy doesn't go quite as rehearsed. Emotionally raw following the funeral, Officer Arnaud must deal with a whole series of real-world problems, including his daughter’s inappropriate school behavior, an impending divorce and custody battle, what to do with his mother’s dance studio, and a viral video that always seems to surface just at the wrong moment. As he struggles through these challenges, Jim does his best to remain cheerful, always striving for the positive.
Lukas Dhont / Belgium / 2018, 105’
Determined 15-year-old Lara is committed to becoming a professional ballerina. With the support of her father, she throws herself into this quest for the absolute at a new school. Lara’s adolescent frustrations and impatience are heightened as she realizes her body does not bend so easily to the strict discipline because she was born a boy.
Jean-Paul Civeyrac / France / 2017, 136’
Etienne comes to Paris to study filmmaking at the Sorbonne. He meets Mathias and Jean-Noël who share his passion for films. But as they spend the year studying, they have to face friendship and love challenges as well as choosing their artistic battles.
Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra / Colombia, Denmark, Mexico / 2018, 125’
The origins of the Colombian drug trade, through the epic story of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s. When greed, passion and honor collide, a fratricidal war breaks out that will put their lives, their culture and their ancestral traditions at stake.
Annemarie Jacir / Palestine, France, Germany, Colombia, Norway, Qatar, UAE / 2017, 96’
Abu Shadi is a divorced father and a schoolteacher in his mid-sixties living in Nazareth. After his daughter’s wedding in one month, he will be living alone. Shadi, his architect son, arrives from Rome after years abroad to help his father in hand delivering the wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom. As the estranged pair spend the day together, the tense details of their relationship come to a head challenging their fragile and very different lives.
NCF
National Competition. Features
Національний Конкурс. Повний метр
Tonya Noyabryova / Ukraine / 2018, 80’
Young Zhorik is a newcomer trying to make it in a capital city. For him, luxury city life and country’s new proclaimed European values seem very tempting and available. Through his comic and very straightforward attempts to fight Soviet-inherited bureaucracy, he breaks the routine of ridiculous low-skilled jobs. Zhorik aims at climbing the wall separating people like himself from capital’s “upper class.” Soon he realizes that there is no sweet without sweat and makes us admit it. With a laugh.
Oleksandr Techynskyi / Germany, Ukraine / 2017, 82’
The white winter blizzard covers everything. Now we can only rely on the saints and on our prayers. The future has sailed away leaving us behind. Lost, we did not board the magic ship. The task at hand is simple: not to perish in the fog, not to die from the cold and not to get trapped under the ice. Not to fall into our own traps. Or are we all in one big trap anyway? Running around in a small circle, counting those who vanished.
Nikon Romanchenko / Ukraine / 2018, 70’
Lyuba works at a confectionery factory. Her son is in the war zone and there is no connection with him. Lyuba goes in search of his son in an unfamiliar territory.
Marysia Nikitiuk / Ukraine, Poland, Macedonia / 2018, 88’
The story revolves around rebellious five-year-old Vitka, her teenage cousin Larysa and Larysa’s boyfriend, a young criminal Scar. After the death of her father, Larysa wants a different life, even if the entire community condemns her love for Scar. Her grandmother, who sacrificed her love for the sake of traditional values, cares only about the perception by the community. And her mother is lacking emotional strength to support the daughter. Larysa and Scar want to get away from their relatives and from a life of crime and banal devastation. Will they be able to pay the full price of freedom?
Alisa Pavlovskaya / Ukraine / 2018, 66’
Ukraine is hardly visible on the map of the world. At the same time, it is one of the very few countries that have a positive image of future. There is no festival like GOGOLFEST in the whole world. It takes place every year since 2007 in Ukraine. The festival is established by Vlad Troitskyi, a Ukrainian director, screenwriter, actor and the founder of Dakh Theatre. GOGOLFEST breaks the old way of thinking and shatters the ferrous curtain of ghosts of the past. His task is to resume the tradition of the avant-garde.
NCS
National Competition. Shorts
Національний Конкурс. Kороткий метр
Liena Shulika / Ukraine / 2017, 21’
An average working day lasts 8 hours. A third of a day. How do we spend this time? Are we happy? There are just questions here; everybody looks for their own answers. Six young people share their experiences and the meanings of them for their lives.
Zhanna Ozirna / Ukraine, Germany / 2018, 30’
Your family can accept your otherness. But can you accept the normality of your family? Your family can accept that you are not like others. But could you accept that your family is normal? It’s the story of one coming out that has lasted for a year.
Oleksii Soboliev / Ukraine, United States, Russia / 2018, 14’
  A committed synchronized swimmer tries to win the championship and the heart of the coach.
Kateryna Gornostai / Ukraine / 2018, 23’
Crocodile is a game for a big company. The host shows a word only with the gestures. The one, who guesses it, chooses the next one to lead the game. Anya comes up with a difficult word for Lisa. This New Year’s Eve turns into a test of their friendship.
Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych / Ukraine / 2017, 16’
In a Southern Ukrainian city, the people are out to celebrate an important national holiday. Old and new symbols, the search for identity, and an opportunity for understanding between people who are growing more and more distant from each other, although they live on neighboring streets. This is the portrait of a city and its people. Set in the backdrop of a new war, it is a film about a search for identity: how is it possible to continue to live with one foot stuck in the Soviet past, and with the other moving towards Europe?
Maryna Roshchyna  / Ukraine / 2018, 26’
Kate is a young single mother. She falls in love with a fellow but does not have the courage to tell him that she has a son. As their relationship develops rapidly, the revelation becomes more complicated. The choice between her personal life and responsibility for her son arises.
Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk / Ukraine, Poland / 2018, 30’
At first sight, this is the story of a true price of a victory in professional sport.
Ihor Hanskyi / Ukraine / 2018, 8’
June 2017. Earthlings are suffering from one of the most powerful magnetic storms and strongest Petya cyber-attack. Although Dusya and Natalka do not care about that – their TV has broken.
Pavlo Ostrikov / Ukraine / 2018, 16’
Oksana and Tolik are married for more than 30 years. Oksana, as a dominant, thinks of Tolik as absolutely dependent. While buying clothes at the bazaar in Khmelnytskyi, Oksana asks Tolik to try on a T-shirt. He reluctantly goes behind the curtain and turns into a 7-year-old boy.
Dana Kavelina / Ukraine / 2018, 15’
Mark L. Tulip was born and raised in Luhansk. He is certain that he will be buried there as well. He has children and a granddaughter, a garden, a cat called Donbas and a dog Malva. However, the political events in Ukraine in 2014 change his habitual way of living: his own family splits into smithereens. Mark L. Tulip intends to live the life on his native land but when the war comes to Luhansk, he has to escape abandoning his garden, the dog and the cat forever. Still, the hardships of new life don’t come to the end…
Yana Antonets / Ukraine / 2017, 14’
An absurd black comedy about the ridiculous incident during a funeral. None of the guests could possibly imagine that the body embark on an unlikely journey. Nobody except for the tractor driver, a pair of poachers, two fishing control officers and the staff of the local hospital. One can only wonder how this bizarre funeral might end.
Valeria Sochyvets / Ukraine / 2018, 25’
A terrible accident happens on the New Year’s Eve: the girl is taken to the intensive care, while her friend becomes mute after the shock. The parents try to find the way out of this situation, but first, they need to face their own problems and understand the value of life with the help of the cutting edge of technology.
Mariia Ponomarova / Ukraine, Netherlands / 2018, 11’
It is time for family visits at a post-Soviet summer camp near Kyiv. 16-year-old Danya is hoping for his estranged father to show up. He prepared something special for him. When the father who hasn’t been a part of his life for ages comes to the camp, Danya realizes that his jokes are not funny anymore. At the same time, his father sees that the time for teaching his son how to live is undeniably lost. They go to get the packages full of fruits and food from the car and suddenly, Danya sees that his father didn’t come alone.
EDC
European Documentary Competition
Конкурс європейських документальних фільмів
Shevaun Mizrahi / Netherlands, Turkey, United States / 2017, 82’
This haunted reverie drops us inside an Istanbul retirement home, where the battle-scarred residents bask in the camera’s attention. A creaky-voiced woman confides her personal account of the Armenian genocide. A sweetly deluded pianist performs a composition before confessing his love. A blind photographer fiddles with his flash as he points his own camera back at us. Meanwhile, outside, ominous construction equipment transforms the land.
Egil Håskjold Larsen / Norway / 2017, 69’
On a path littered with lifejackets, in the middle of a crowd of people on the run, a 3-year-old girl slowly emerges. Full of a child’s energy and curiosity, she takes in her surroundings between hundreds of adult trouser legs. She understands the gravity of the situation she and her family find themselves in, but filled with childlike wonder she continues her journey. For every step she takes, she emanates a longed-for feeling of hope. To Lean, it’s a step closer to her grandfather in Sweden.
Alisa Kovalenko / Ukraine, France, Poland / 2018, 86’
The story of Alina, a 20-year-old girl from Kyiv, who has a chance to be saved from poverty by football. She’s about to join the Ukrainian national team, when life throws up a new challenge: her mother dies, leaving two young siblings. Now, Alina must choose: football or family.
Flavio Marchetti / Austria / 2017, 88’
The film introduces viewers to Vienna’s animal shelter and its inhabitants. The encounters between human and animal and the individual stories and peculiarities are affectionate, sometimes sad, and then again, strange. A tender gaze at the nature of the animals and a critical look at human irresponsibility.
Gustavo Salmerón / Spain / 2017, 91’
Matriarch Julita’s three childhood wishes have been granted: lots of kids, a monkey, and a castle. After the financial crisis hits Spain the family loses their castle but not their sense of humour and family unity; and through the wealth of hoarded objects she has accumulated over 80 years, a rich family portrait is revealed.
Andrei Zagdansky / Ukraine, United States / 2017, 64’
Michail is an artist and he is working on a series of paintings called “Franz Kafka’s Diary.” His son Daniel is thirty-four, and yet his life is hardly separable from the life of his father. He is deaf and mute and suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy. Michail is determined and energetic, Daniel is persistent and charismatic. And they are a striking pair. The film offers a detailed observation of two interconnected characters.
Christina Vandekerckhove / Belgium / 2017, 93’
The film tells the story of a social housing block on the brink of demolition. Those seeking a way out of their misery jump from the roof, those unable to find a home elsewhere, land one here. In this small, high-rise community, where indifference reigns supreme. Both building and residents must go, marking the end of a turbulent era. We follow several of the occupants during their final months in the residential tower.
Mark Cousins / United Kingdom / 2018, 115’
Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush. The film brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of this brilliant 20th-century showman, and explores how the genius of Welles still resonates today, more than 30 years after his death.
SE
Special Event: Cinema_Live
Спеціальна Подія: Кіно_Live
Fred Neymeyer, Sam Taylor / United States / 1923, 70’
A boy moves to New York City to make enough money to support his loving girlfriend but soon discovers that making it in the big city is harder than it looks. When he hears that a store manager will pay $1,000 to anyone who can draw people to his store, he convinces his friend to climb the building and split the profit with him. But when his pal gets in trouble with the law, he must complete the crazy stunt on his own.
FF
Festival of Festivals
Фестиваль Фестивалів
Muayad Alayan / Palestine, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico / 2018, 127’
Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman. They risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families. When a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, the two of them look on helplessly as their frantic efforts to salvage what’s left of their lives further escalate things. Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit and not even the truth looks able to stop it. Special Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the 2018 Rotterdam IFF HBF Audience Award at the 2018 Rotterdam IFF
  Samuel Maoz / / 2017, 114’
Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life’s unfathomable twists that rivals the surreal military experiences of his son.   Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Venice IFF
Jafar Panahi / Iran / 2018, 100’
Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught by a provincial girl’s video plea for help – oppressed by her family to not pursue her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi to help solve the mystery of the young girl’s troubles. They travel by car to the rural northwest where they have amusing encounters with the charming folk of the girl’s mountain village. But the city visitors soon discover that the protection of age-old traditions is as generous as local hospitality. Best Screenplay Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Hu Bo / China / 2018, 230’
Under the gloomy sky of a small town in northern China, different protagonists’ lives are intertwined in this lugubrious tale of nihilistic rage. In virtuoso visual compositions, the film tells the story of one single suspenseful day from dawn to dusk. Then the bus departs toward Manchuria, where a circus elephant is said to be sitting still. FIPRESCI Prize at the 2018 Berlinale
Abdellatif Kechiche / France, Italy / 2017, 175’
It is 1994 and Amin, an aspiring screenwriter living in Paris, returns home for the summer to a fishing village in the south of France. Here he reconnects with his family and childhood friends, his cousin Tony and best friend Ophélie. The trio spends the summer visiting the local bars and beaches frequented by girls on holiday. Over the course of the summer, there will be blossoming romances, torrid affairs and unrequited love as Amin tries to find his place in the world. Official Selection at the 2017 Venice IFF
Cédric Kahn / France / 2018, 107’
Thomas, 22, is a drug addict. In an effort to put an end to his habit, he joins a community of former addicts, who live isolated in the mountains and use prayer as a way to cure themselves. At first reluctant, Thomas gradually accepts to submit himself to a Spartan life of discipline, abstinence, hard work and frequent prayer. He discovers faith, but also love. And a new kind of torment. Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 2018 Berlinale
Kore-eda Hirokazu / Japan / 2018, 121’
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them. Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Sergei Loznitsa / Germany, Ukraine, France, Netherlands, Romania / 2018, 121’
In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs. In the Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth and hatred is declared to be love. A journey through the Donbass unfolds as a chain of curious adventures, where the grotesque and drama are as intertwined as life and death. Directing Prize of Un Certain Regard at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Paweł Pawlikowski / Poland, France, United Kingdom / 2018, 84’
This is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the couple is separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate – an impossible love story in impossible times. Best Director Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Ziad Doueiri / Lebanon, France / 2017, 112’
In today’s Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and prejudices. Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the 2017 Venice IFF
Laura Bispuri / Italy, Germany, Switzerland / 2018, 100’
10-year-old Vittoria has a close relationship with her loving good mother Tina. But their quiet Sardinian life will be upset when the young girl discovers that local party girl Angelica is her birth mother. When Angelica is forced to move away because of financial troubles, she asks to become acquainted with Vittoria. Tina agrees, comforted by the idea that the woman will soon be leaving town. Searching for something deep and inexplicable, Vittoria and Angelica spend more and more time together against Tina’s will. Golden Bear Nomination for Best Film at the 2018 Berlinale
Lee Chang-dong / South Korea / 2018, 148’
Deliveryman Jong-su is out on a job when he runs into Hae-mi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood. She asks if he’d mind looking after her cat while she’s away on a trip to Africa. On her return, she introduces to Jong-su an enigmatic young man named Ben, who she met during her trip. And one day Ben tells Jong-su about his most unusual hobby. FIPRESCI Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Ai Weiwei / Germany, United States, China, Palestine / 2017, 140’
Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. An epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Official Selection at the 2017 Venice IFF
GP
Gala Premieres
Гала-Прем'єри
Gaspar Noé / France, Belgium / 2018, 96’
In the mid 1990’s, twenty urban dancers join together for a three-day rehearsal in a closed-down boarding school. They then make one last party around a large sangria bowl. Quickly, the atmosphere becomes charged and a strange madness will seize them the whole night. It soon becomes impossible for them to resist to their neuroses and psychoses, numbed by the hypnotic and the increasing electric rhythm of the music. While some feel in paradise, most of them plunge into hell. CICAE Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Gus Van Sant / United States / 2018, 113’
Becoming a wheelchair user for life at the age of 21, John now requires every drop of his sense of humour to rediscover meaning in his existence. He is aided by Annu, who brings back his lust for life, as well as Donny, a hippie whose unconventional Alcoholics Anonymous meetings draw together people from all walks of life. John discovers beauty and humor in the depths of human experience and uses his artistic talent to turn these discoveries into brilliantly observed cartoons. Official Selection at the 2018 Berlinale
Asghar Farhadi / Spain, France, Italy / 2018, 132’
Laura and her children travel from Buenos Aires to a Spanish village where she was born to attend her sister’s wedding. Several unexpected events lead this gathering towards a crisis, which exposes the hidden past of the family. Official Selection at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Elijah Bynum / United States / 2017, 107’
Set in Cape Cod over one scorching summer, this fun and stylized thriller follows Daniel, a teenager who gets in over his head dealing drugs with the neighborhood rebel while pursuing his new partner’s enigmatic sister.
Terry Gilliam / Spain, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Portugal / 2018, 132’
Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoemaker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. He is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth – a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death? Or will love conquer all?
  Paul Dano / United States / 2018, 104’
Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry – a housewife and a golf pro – in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job – and his sense of purpose – he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.   Official Selection at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival
UR
Ukrainian Retrospective: Ukrainian Music-Hall
Українська ретроспектива: Український Мюзік-Хол
Ihor Savchenko / USSR / 1934, 66’
A merry rural accordionist Timoshka is elected the secretary of a Komsomol unit. He stops to play and begins to set in an order in a village. The unusual prolonged silence leads quickly to a discord between the true Komsomol and the kulak supporters, which causes Timoshka to pick up his accordion again.
Oleksii Mishuryn / USSR / 1958, 81’
Natalia and Serhii met each other by accident, and traveled together to Kyiv on the roof of a train having no tickets. They dreamed about a drama school and could enter it if only the girl hadnot ruined everything asking her friend Volodia for help at the exams. The worst thing is to join art through the back door, decided Serhii and resigned. Natalia followed him in this decision. They will come back in a year.
Aleksey Korenev / USSR / 1959, 80’
The love story of Sofiika and Vasiliy. She has a beautiful voice and dreams to become a singer. He is a student of a nautical school and asks a girl to abandon her dream and apply for the radio operators’ courses. The couple is already planning their future but suddenly a pro-Western Omelskyi jazz orchestra comes to their town. The musicians ask Sofiika to join their band…
Yevgeni Sherstobitov / USSR / 1974, 77’
The story of a merry group of friends, who have to outwit an unbearable malefactor Cesare. A rich man, Cesare tries to blackmail pretty Chanita and incline her to marry him. After several adventures, funny stories and unexpected incidents, everyone will get what they deserve.
Yurii Tymoshenko, Yukhym Berezin / USSR / 1962, 77’
The comedy musical about an epic cinematographic journey of the variety performers’ group of Tarapunka and Shtepsel duet from Kyiv to Moscow. Their coach number 13 was not connected to the train. While dealing with the luggage, the train has gone. The actors decided to go by foot hauling the coach on the rails. There will be many adventures on their way.
IF
Focus: 70 Years of Israeli Cinema
Фокус: 70 Років Ізраільського Кіно
Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz / Israel, France / 2004, 97’
The story takes place in Haifa in 1979, during three days before the Shabbat. A hairdresser Viviane struggles to maintain her individuality in a household with an oppressive, conservative husband and his live-in mother. When Viviane’s old lover reappears, an already untenable situation grows more complicated. Critics’ Week Audience Award at the 2004 Venice FF
Radu Mihăileanu / Israel, Belgium, France, Italy / 2005, 140’
Schlomo, an Ethiopian boy, is placed by his Christian mother with an Ethiopian Jewish woman whose child has died. This woman, who will become his adoptive mother, is about to be airlifted from a Sudanese refugee camp to Israel during Operation Moses in 1984. His birth mother, who hopes for a better life for him, tells him, “Live and become,” as he leaves her to get on the bus. The film tells of his growing up in Israel and how he deals with the secrets he carries: not being Jewish and having left his birth mother. Panorama Audience Award at the 2005 Berlinale
  Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti / Israel, Germany / 2009, 124’
Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood is a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians. The tragic fragility of human existence is experienced in the enclosed community of Ajami, where enemies must live as neighbors. No location better expresses the dramatic collision of different worlds. Back and forth in time, and through the eyes of various characters, we witness how impossible the situation actually is.   Caméra d'Or – Special Mention at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival
Leonid Prudovsky / Israel / 2009, 87’
In a working-class suburb of Tel Aviv, two people meet. He is a native Israeli. She is a Russian immigrant. He is a taxi driver. She is a music teacher. He has no aspirations. She gave up hers long ago. He is afraid of flying and she is about to fly away. What are the odds of them ending up together? Official Selection at the 2009 Toronto IFF
Avishai Sivan / Israel / 2015, 119’
Haim-Aaron is a bright, Ultra-Orthodox religious scholar living in Jerusalem. One evening, following a self-imposed fast, Haim-Aaron collapses and loses consciousness. The paramedics announce his death, but his father takes over resuscitation efforts and, beyond all expectations, Haim-Aaron comes back to life. After the accident, he remains apathetic to his studies. The father is tormented by the fear of having crossed God’s will the night he resuscitated his son. Silver Leopard – Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Locarno IFF
NK
Retrospective Naomi Kawase
Ретроспектива Наомі Кавасе
Naomi Kawase / Japan / 1997, 95’
The events of the film unfold in a small village where Kawase grew up. Family head Tahara Kozo, who lives a modest life with his mother Sachiko, wife Yasuyo, his nephew Eisuke and darling daughter Michiru, takes an intensive interest in the construction of a tunnel in the area. Fifteen years later the Tahara family is poor and Eisuke maintains it: he works at an inn outside the village. One day Kozo leaves the house with his 8mm camera and disappears into the tunnel on his own. Camera d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival
Naomi Kawase / Japan / 2003, 100’
The film is set in an old Japanese town of Nara. On a hot summer day during the big festival, one of the twins from the Aso family mysteriously disappears. For the remaining three members of the family, time had stopped at that moment. Years pass. One day, the brother of the missing boy eventually finds out what happened on that day, and his girlfriend learns the secret of her birth. Official Selection at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival
  Naomi Kawase / Japan / 2011, 91’
In ancient times, there were three small mountains that people believed were inhabited by gods. They were Mt. Unebi, Mt. Miminashi and Mt. Kagu, and they still stand. Takumi and Kayoko, inheriting the unfulfilled hopes of their grandparents, live out their lives. Their tale continues a story of the ages, representing the uncountable souls that have accumulated in this land.   Official Selection at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
  Naomi Kawase / Japan, France, Spain / 2014, 121’
On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami Oshima, traditions about nature remain eternal. During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko will attempt to help him understand this mysterious discovery. Together, Kaito and Kyoko will learn to become adults by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death and love. Official Selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
  Naomi Kawase / Japan, France / 2017, 101’
Misako is a passionate writer of film versions for the visually impaired. At a screening, she meets Nakamori, an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight. Misako soon discovers Nakamori’s photographs, who will strangely bring her back to her past. Together, they will learn to see the radiant world that was invisible to her eyes. Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival
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Special Screenings
Спеціальні Покази
  Ingmar Bergman / Sweden / 1966, 85’
Elisabet Vogler is a famous actress. In the middle of a performance of Electra, she falls silent. Even prolonged treatment at a psychiatric clinic fails to make her speak. The doctor in charge suggests to her nurse Alma that she should spend some time in isolation on the coast with their patient. Faced by the obstinate yet also sympathetic silence of Elisabet, Alma begins to tell her more than she should. Impressed by the physical resemblance between the two of them, she even identifies herself, subconsciously, with the actress.
  Gunnar Bergdahl / Sweden / 2002, 40’
A conversation with Ingmar Bergman. During the meeting, it soon became evident that his energy and vitality were in no way broken, despite him turning 85 in the summer of 2003. This became a conversation full of intermezzos and surprises as it circled around Swedish films of today, the magic of the theatre and the feelings of being close to death.
Kira Muratova / USSR / 1967, 96’
Nadia leaves her native village and comes to the city with her friend. On the way she takes a job offer at a café and meets there Maksym, a talented and educated geologist. He has all the necessary virtues, but there is his beloved waiting for him in her own house in the city. Nadia, who is in love with Maksym, comes exactly to the same house.
Kira Muratova / Ukraine / 2007, 27’
This story could happen at any time. What is happiness? Can we give it to people around us? Can be justified an effort to make somebody happy by fraud and without any moral concerns?
Robert Schwentke / Germany, France, Poland / 2018, 118’
In the last moments of World War II, a 19-year-old private, ragged and starving steals a captain’s uniform. Impersonating an officer, he gathers a group of deserters and proceeds to kill and plunder his way through a beaten Nazi Germany. Jury Prize for Best Cinematography at the 2017 San Sebastián IFF
Arnaud des Pallières / France, Germany / 2013, 125’
In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy and prosperous family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, this pious, upstanding man raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored. Official Selection at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
  Igor Minaiev / Ukraine / 2018, 62’
  This is a film about the elite of the working class of the USSR, the miners of the Donbas. The Soviet propaganda had created such a false parallel reality that one day the situation had exploded and the war had started. Life seemed to be a symphony of work, joy and well-being, but it turned out to be deceit and manipulation. There are no illusions left. The Symphony of Donbas has turned into The Cacophony of Donbas.
Levan Koguashvili / Georgia, Croatia, Ukraine, Russia / 2016, 74’
After 14 years in prison, the time has come for Gogita to return to his normal life. His wishes seem modest enough: a home of his own and then a marriage to a nice woman. He meets Maka on the internet. She’s not that young anymore, and she’s not the prettiest girl in the world, but she can bake delicious cakes. They’re soon making grand plans without even having met. Gogita’s mother isn’t happy about it. “Why don’t you get yourself a pretty young girl? Maka is too fat!” she exclaims. Some of the brief, commentary-free scenes are purely observational.
Alexander Brunkovskiy / Russia, Ukraine / 2018, 103’
  There is a city-port of Odesa, which was specially created as a shelter for people of different nationalities and confessions. Humor is a special language that helps its inhabitants to communicate and get along with each other. Legends are spreading about Odesa’s humor and accent. But people are constantly leaving it! The city is loved, but people are leaving it as a child leaves his or her mother. With the example of Odesa and its people, we want to find out why people flee from their cities.
Stanley Kubrick / United States, United Kingdom / 1968, 149’
Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth. Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the Moon’s surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers and humans to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be. Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, 1969
Dominique Rocher / France / 2018, 90’
A busy party in a Paris townhouse. When Sam wakes up the next day and unlocks the door, it turns out all the party guests have been transformed into bloodthirsty zombies. Along with the rest of the French capital, where the last normal people are dying in the streets. Sam locks the snappy-jawed undead in their apartments – the rest of the chic building becomes his own private island, crammed with food and survival tools. But how long can he stand the silence and solitude?
Iryna Tsilyk / Ukraine / 2016, 12’
Galicia in the 1940's. In the forests of the Carpathian Mountains, Slavko and Nusia stop for a night to rest in small shabby house. However, when they enter the house they find themselves inside a furnished city apartment from the 1930s with packed bookshelves and oil paintings. A place in which they glimpse their parallel lives as intelligent members of the Galician community and not weary members of the underground living in constant state of fear. But when NKVD agents come to get them, we see the hut as it is. But where is the couple?
Kateryna Gornostai / Ukraine / 2017, 30’
May. Lilac blossom in Kyiv. Five girlfriends, alcohol from the nearest supermarket. Looking for lilac's cinquefoil to eat for good luck. You need to be brave to face your fears, but you need to be even more courageous to tell about them to your closest ones.
Rita Kuzmyna / Ukraine / 2017, 14’
A young journalist from Kyiv comes to a village to search for the cases of missing animals but ends up locked in a hotel room with a maid. Women are forced to spend the night together. Will they find a way out?
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Series!
Серіали!
François Velle / France / 2018, 104’
Captain Marianne Aubrais is a detective with the Le Havre Police Department. Should she believe a child who tells her that his mother is not his mother? After all, she is busy investigating a robbery that happened months ago. Stolen goods worth hundreds of thousands of euros have not been recovered and two fugitives are still at large. But if the kid’s story is not pure fantasy, it would be truly criminal to ignore it. The little boy’s memories are fading. Will he finally be forced to allow himself to be raised by a woman who may have abducted him?
Yuval Shafferman, Dana Idisis / Israel / 2018, 104’
A bittersweet comedy about three roommates, living together under one roof. All in their late-twenties, each diagnosed with a disorder on the autistic spectrum. Through their unique, surprising, and extremely un-PC perspective about relationships, family, work, friendship, sex and social conventions, we’ll get to look at ourselves in a new, strange and funny way.
Harald Zwart, Tom Guldbrandsen / Belgium / 2018, 96’
A bank robbery in a small town gets out of hand. Police and hostage takers start a nail-biting cat-and-mouse game that holds the town in its grip for an entire day. The series alternately looks at events from the perspective of the police, the press as well as that of the bank robbers, the victims and their families. Each new installment lifts a tiny piece of the veil, and the viewers gradually realize there’s more to this than meets the eye.
 Jonas Geirnaert, Julie Mahieu / Norway / 2018, 90’
Per Grepp, deeply flawed financial genius and, according to some, Norway’s sexiest man, puts his country’s monetary – and moral – stability at risk when his performance figures drop. With the eyes of the ethics committee on him, will Per be able to manage their growth and sustain his golden boy status? Can the delicate equilibrium between ethics and finance be maintained or will personal agendas inevitably compromise them?
Anatoliy Mateshko / Ukraine / 2018, 87’
After a series of mysterious deaths of her patients and disappearance of her fiancé, a psychotherapist Inha Shtefan starts cooperating with the investigation unit of the police. The chief of this department is Major Oleh Mishchenko, an investigator with excellent intuition. Together they go through a difficult path of antipathy and conflicts to a partnership, friendship, warmth and, finally, love. Working on another complicated case Inha suddenly takes a fresh look at the personality of the criminal. Alongside the members of the police forces, she carries out her own investigation to find out who is guilty in the deaths of her clients and fiancé.
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OIFF for Kids: with Children Kinofest
ОМКФ дітям: Спільно з Чілдрен Кінофест
Mamoru Hosoda / Japan / 2018, 100’
One day, Kun’s mother brings home a new family member. For the four-year-old boy, joy quickly turns to disappointment when the little sister replaces her brother as the center of attention. The boy can’t bring himself to accept her as his sister. But things turn magical when, with a mysterious garden as his gateway, the boy encounters his mother as a little girl and his great-grandfather as a young man, and has a series of surprising adventures with his “older” sister from the future. These experiences change how he sees the world and help him grow into the big brother he was meant to be. Voiceover: Ukrainian / Subtitles: English
Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner / Belgium, France / 2017, 83’
Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In fact, the countryside life is full of incredible events and adventures. Once upon a time, a Rabbit and a Pig are tasked by a Stork with returning a human baby to its parents. On another day, a Fox acts like a Hen for three chicken calling it mother and asking for care. And before the Christmas, the joy takes over the farm and all the forests around it. Dubbed in Ukrainian without English subtitles
Catti Edfeldt, Lena Hanno / Sweden, Netherlands / 2016, 79’
Seven-year-old Siv’s first night sleeping over at her new friend’s place. In the early evening, many things are already beginning to seem odd, the exotic food, all of the animals... At night though, the unfamiliar flat really starts to become a realm full of secrets. Dubbed in Ukrainian without English subtitles
Davyd Cherkaskyi / USSR / 1988, 107’
The Hispaniola schooner is furrowing the ocean in search of the island, where a deceased pirate, Captain Flint buried his treasure. The plot is maturing aboard. It seems that the pirates guided by one-legged John Silver are approaching the victory... Original version / English subtitles
. / Ukraine / 2018, 85’
In the fall of 2017, Children Kinofest announced the start of the Second competition of short films made by children from 7 to 14 years old. This screening includes 10 best films as decided by the selection committee. Original version / English subtitles The Duck Named Babilina, dir. Nadiia Babanina; “Mitten in a Desert” Tale, dir. Kateryna Bilonozhko; Virus A, dir. Oleksii Pyvoshenko; About True..., dir. Kyrylo Lobintsev; Bird and Caterpillar, dir. Mykhailo Umanov; Friends from Vegetable-City, dir. Bardi Khelin; Caution. Dream., dir. Olesia Voitenko; The Only Chance, dir. Anna Bondarenko; Lullaby, dir. Vitalii Strekolnikov, Renata Kurmaieva, Kira Krapyvna, Anastasiia Kotliarova, Iryna Salatun; Weirdos, dir. Anastasiia Povoroznyk.
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Closing Film
Фільм Закриття
Pierre Salvadori / France / 2018, 107’
In a town on the French Riviera, detective Yvonne is the young widow of police chief Santi, a local hero. When she realizes her husband was not exactly the model of virtue so idolized by their young son, and that an innocent young man, Antoine, has spent 8 years in prison as Santi’s scapegoat, she is thrown into turmoil. Yvonne wants to do everything she can to help this very charming Antoine get back to his life and his wife. Everything that is, except telling the truth. But Antoine is having trouble adjusting to life on the other side, to say the least, and soon blows a fuse leading to a spectacular sequence of events. Directors’ Fortnight SACD Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival