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OIFF 2013: The closing of the 4th Odessa International Film Festival took place in Odessa

Воскресенье, Июль 21st, 2013

On July 20 the 4-th Odessa International Film Festival Closing Ceremony was held in The Odessa National Theatre of Opera and Ballet. By the results of the public vote, Alexander Veledinsky’s film “The Geographer Drank His Globe Away” won the OIFF Main Award – Grand Prix.

Screening of “A Castle in Italy”, the film nominated for Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival closed the 4-th Odessa International Film Festival.

After the end of the awarding ceremony at the press briefing Viktoria Tigipko noted that number of visits increased by 15% this year and that OIFF plans to expand the festival locations.

OIFF president also announced the date of the 5th Odessa Film Festival — it will be held from 11 till 19 July 2014.

Press Service of the OIFF 2013


OIFF 2013: The first prizes of the Odessa International Film Festival were awarded in Одесса

Пятница, Июль 19th, 2013

July 19, the first awards ceremony of the Odessa Film Festival has been held at the Festival Palace.

It’s a little sad — Yesterday passed the eighth, the penultimate day of a large-scale movie marathon — Fourth Odessa International Film Festival. And last night was a true celebration of Ukrainian cinema — first winners of OIFF were announced!

At the awards ceremony in the festival palace of OIFF president of the festival Victoria Tigipko and other speakers emphasized the importance of the Ukrainian national competition, said that there are new talents in the Ukrainian cinema, and they work with full dedication, with great love for their work.

The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Jury has also defined the best films of Ukrainian National Film Award: feature by Valentyn Vasyanovych «Credenza» for «using comedy to emphasize the problems of our time» and the short film «Ukrainian Lessons» by Ruslan Batytsky, that «struck the jury with its terrible beauty and power of the cinema.»

Casual observers of the film «Lessons of the Ukrainian» were «crushed» his gloom and despair.

The best project of the OIFF-2013 pitching is the feature debut project “Stepne” by Cannes winner Marina Vroda. She gets the main prize of 25,000 UAH from the Festival’s Official Sponsor – UDP Development Company. This year, UDP also became the partner of the OIFF Film Industry Office, organized jointly with the Ukrainian State Film Agency. Besides, the project «Voroshylovgrad» by Yaroslav Lodygin won Special Jury Mention.

The winners of the OIFF main awards — Grand Prix for Best Film of the International Competition, prizes for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor, as well as the ‘Golden Duke’ for the Best Ukrainian Feature Film will be announced today, July 20, at the closing ceremony of the Odessa International Film Festival.

Christina Krizhanovskaya


OIFF 2013: Jos Stelling presented his new film at the Fourth OIFF

Четверг, Июль 18th, 2013

The famous Dutch director Jos Stelling that had visited Odessa in 2010 as chairman of the international jury of the First OIFF has presented Odessites and guests of the city at the film festival his new film «Maiden and the Death.» («Het Meisje en de Dood»).

Starring: Russian actors Renata Litvinova Sergei Makovetskii, Leonid Bichevin, Svetlana Svetlichnaya and Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks, previously played in «Duska».

The plot of the film includes three time periods — the end of the XIX century (youth of hero of the film Nikolay), the fifties of the XX century and the present day. Nikolay returned to the abandoned hotel, where fifty years ago, he met his unique love. Overcome by memories, he relives the tragic story of his youth, becoming both the narrator and hero of the story.

At a press conference author of the films «De Illusionist», «De wisselwatcher», «De vliegende Hollander», «Duska» told about the idea of film, about Russian literature, Russia and Russian people, about his past works, about metaphors of life, about that is it worth to play with time, about cinema and love.

He stressed that deliberately removed from the film «Death and the Maiden» humor that makes it difficult to develop the film tensity, generated due to two opposites — a man and a woman. Love for the heroine, a TB patient, leads to a sad end because it becomes mortally dangerous for her.

This picture is the co-production of the three countries: Russia, the Netherlands and Germany. Three languages — Russian, German and French — sounded in the tape. According to Jos Stelling, viewer does not need to be a polyglot to understand it.

Christina Krizhanovskaya


OIFF 2013: Odessits looked Oscar-winning film «Closely Watched Trains» («Ostře sledované vlaky») by Jiri Menzel at Lanzheronovsky descent

Четверг, Июль 18th, 2013

A special screening of the Oscar-winning film «Closely Watched Trains» was held in Odessa, in the Stella Artois Cinema at Langeron Descent. It was presented personally by the director and writer Jiri Menzel.

Czech master of cinema, who earlier, on Monday afternoon, held a workshop for the participants of film school, was pleasantly surprised by the number of viewers, especially young people, who are interested in his work.

«It’s such an old film, it was shot long before the majority of those audience was born» — said the director.

Jiri Menzel is not only the director and screenwriter, but he is also film and theater actor. He became one of the most influential figures in the formative period of so-called «Czech New Wave» in art and cinema in particular.

The movie «Closely Watched Trains», which was filmed on the novel by Czech writer and laureate of Bohumil Hrabal Nobel Prize, became the first feature film for 28 years old Menzel and it has brought him worldwide fame. Filmed in 1966, the movie won the «Oscar» in the category of Best Foreign Language Film in 1968, and it was nominated for a BAFTA Award and the «Golden Globe» in 1969.

In 1969, Menzel shot a polemical film «Larks on a string» («Skrivánci na niti»). The film was banned by the authorities and was released only in 1990, winning the «Golden Bear» at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.

In 1986, the award-winning Czech again appeared on the list of nominees for the Academy Award with his black comedy «My central village» («Vesničko má středisková»). Menzel was a member of the jury at international festivals in Berlin and Moscow.


OIFF 2013: Ukrainian horror «Sinevir» was screened in Одесса

Вторник, Июль 16th, 2013

The first film from the OIFF «Ukrainian Gala Premieres» section became Ukrainian horror «Sinevir».

Horror with Ukrainian production, «Synevir» was presented to audience by the scriptwriter Oleksandr Alyoshechkin, who is also a co-director together with his brother Vyacheslav, producer Vladimir Khorunzhyi and Alexey Kashin, representer of the company «3D Planet».

Anticipating long-expected release of Ukrainian films in Ukrainian theatres, the Odessa festival has ambitions to show the national film industry in the full genre diversity: from metaphysical plunging into other worlds to stylish action and horror films.

The action of the horror film «Synevir» – virtually the first Ukrainian 3D picture – is set in the Soviet Carpathians, around Lake Synevir. Strange events disturb the campers’ quiet pleasant holiday far away from civilization in this mysterious part of the world. The authors promise that the local legends and their full of visual effects screen adaptation will definitely reach everybody.

Presenting the film producer Volodymyr Khorunzhyi told: «Total budget of «Synevir» equals one day of «Avatar” filming», though the Ukrainian thriller is nearly as good as its Western analogues, and that it has been awarded Grand Prix at the Third International 3D-stereo Festival in Moscow.


Odessa International Film Festival 2013: The grand opening of the 4th of Odessa International Film Festival took place at the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater

Понедельник, Июль 15th, 2013

At the opening ceremony of the 4th Odessa Film Festival, which took place July 12, 2013 at the Odessa Opera Opera and Ballet Theater, the members of the International Jury and competition program were presented to the audience.

Previously all guests of this momentous event walked on the red carpet spread out for them. Representatives of cinematic professions and a long string of government officials and businessmen strolled on it.

President of the festival Victoria Tigipko welcomed all those present and congratulated on the successful start of the 4th Odessa Film Festival: «Every year the festival grows and changes. 2010 was a landmark, because we launched the festival. At the second OIFF we have made an important step and established Ukrainian National Film Award. In the last year we have found the correct format and made it about the audience — now you define the winner of the «Golden Duke» for the best film! Today, we are sure that it was a very good decision. And thanks to our wonderful audience a unique atmosphere and, of course, 9 days of good cinema awaits you at the OIFF» — said Victoria from the stage.

This year 12 films were selected for the OIFF International Competition. Also, 4 features and 12 shorts are nominated for the Ukrainian National Film Award.

Emir Kusturica was awarded the first prize of the Odessa Film Festival 2013 — «Golden Duke» for Lifetime Achievement.

Screening of the opening film «All Is Lost» by J.C. Chandor was held on the stage of Opera Theater. It was presented by the producer of the film — Odessa-born Anna Gerb.

A reception at the Odessa Palais Royal was the filial chord of the evening. Guests and participants of the Odessa Film Festival were able to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of informal communication, while listening to the music played by jazz-band of Boris Zolotorev and soloist Anastasiya Bukina.


The competition programs of the OIFF have been announced

Воскресенье, Июнь 16th, 2013

11 films were selected for the OIFF International Competition. The majority of the film directors are debutants or emerging filmmakers, nevertheless, they already collaborate with the leading actors of Europe, USA and Asia.

In his debut feature ‘The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman’ award-winning American commercial director Fredrik Bond gathered international star cast – Shia LaBeaouf (‘Transformers’), Evan Rachel Wood (‘The Wrestler’), Mads Mikkelsen (‘Casino Royale’) and Til Schweiger (‘Rabbit Without Ears’).

Chili film director Alicia Scherson starred Rutger Hauer (‘Blade Runner’) in her picture ‘The Future’.

Tim Roth and Peter Mullan performed in the second feature of the young British director Craig Viveiros — ‘The Liability’.

In the debut feature of Indian director Ritesh Batra ‘The Lunchbox’ the leading role was performed by Bollywood and Hollywood star Irrfan Khan (‘Slumdog Millionaire’).

In the OIFF International Competition Russia is represented by director Aleksandr Veledinskiy with existential drama ‘The Geographer Drank His Globe Away’ starring Konstantin Khabenskiy.

Much-anticipated and the most discussed Ukrainian film project of the year – ‘Parajanov’ by Serge Avedikian & Elena Fetisova, biopic of the legendary Armenian-Ukrainian film director of the 20th century – is represented in two OIFF’ competition programs at the same time – International Competition and Ukrainian National Film Award. This year ‘Parajanov’ will also appear in the competition section East of the West at Karlovy Vary IFF. Among the nominees for the Ukrainian National Film Award in the feature section are visionary film by Ihor Podolchak ‘Delirium’, social dramedy by Valentyn Vasyanovych ‘Credenza’ and surrealistic phantasy by Alisa Pavlovskaya ‘I don’t wanna die’, featuring real Odessa’ culture underground characters.

There are 12 films in the shorts section of the Ukrainian National Film Award – award-winning ‘Nuclear Waste’ by Myroslav Slaboshpytskyy (Silver Leopard at Locarno IFF , Grand-Prix at Kinoshok IFF); ‘Nympho’ by Oleg Borshchevskyi – Ukrainian probe at erotic movie; documentaries -independent project by Olexandr Techynskyy ‘Sirs and Misters’ and ‘Junk Edit’ by Dmytro Gluhenky; as well as other films, the majority of which are debuts.

Press Service of the OIFF 2013


Odessa International Film Festival 2013 established a new nomination

Пятница, Ноябрь 9th, 2012

Odessa International Film Festival, last year founded the first Ukrainian national film award in 2013 establishes a new award for the Ukrainian cinema — Prize for best short film. Leadership of the Odessa Film Festival 2013 decided to divide the national film award into two categories: for best feature and short film.

«OIFF consistently develops national film award together with the Ukrainian part of its program. Past year experience has shown that one prize in a national competition is not enough, — says art director of OIFF Alex Shpilyuk. We had many interesting works, both features and shorts, and expect even more good films in the National Competition next year. Ukrainian cinema develops steadily, and we hope to add more nominations eventually. Accordingly, the establishment of separate awards for so many different types of movies will be more professional and reasonable solution. We hope that with further rise of Ukrainian cinema in the National film award will appear new nominations.»

Thus, from 2013 and on the prizes in the National competition will be the following:

— Best Ukrainian Film to the director of the best feature, including Golden Duke statuette and 50,000 UAH money prize;

— Best Ukrainian Short Film prize, including 10,000 UAH money prize to the director.

Above this, Ukrainian National Competition Jury can also award a Special Mention in any category to any crew member of the mentioned film.

Films, eligible for the Ukrainian National Competition, should meet the following criteria: full and short length films (features, documentaries, animation), made in Ukraine or in Ukrainian co-production, finished after January 1, 2012. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2013.


«The Maiden Danced to Death» at the Odessa International Film Festival

Пятница, Июль 20th, 2012

The film «The Maiden Danced to Death» by Endre Hules at Odessa International Film Festival 2012 was presented to journalists by actress Bea Melkvi, Emoke Zsigmond and film producer Gábor Garami.

— How was the selection of actors for the film?

Bea Melkvi: — Probably it is a question for Gabor. And I dance since childhood.

Emoke Zsigmond: — I’m dancing for 13 years. But my specialty is Latin American dances. Hungarian Dances is a passion — a hobby.

Gabor Garami: — We met with a screenwriter and film director Endre Hules in 2003. Then he said that he had a dance film script. I’m interested in this offer, and we began to link the dramaturgy with dance scenes. When we reached a certain balance, started to select dancers. We viewed 230-235 people and stopped at the two girls. They starred in the film. It turned out that Bea Melkvi professional — she graduated from university of dance.

— Did you take as a basis a dancing classic?

Gabor Garami: We wanted to show the Hungarian history and put it on the Hungarian music. We chose the variation on «Transylvanian legends». Further, it was necessary to connect this legend with the family and political tragedy. We are fortunate that the whole team has already danced «Transylvanian legend,» though to the different kind of music. The dance goes off to the authentic music, but in the final sounds composition of the Hungarian folk and world music, to better accommodate audience from other countries.

— Thus, the film was intended not only for Hungary but also for the global steel?

Gabor Garami: — We are waiting for distribution from all countries, where we come. We have already participated in 16 festivals. We have just received an invitation to Slovenia and Japan. To get to world-class festivals, you must undergo a series of smaller ones. In Hungary, the movie is shown in cinemas from 2011.

— Men’s roles were played by dancers?

Gabor Garami: Gyula studied dance specifically for this role. And the role of István is autobiographical. Actor and director Endre Hules in 70th years emigrated to America, but did not felt at home there.

— Gyula presented as a traitor to highlight the mentality of István?

Gabor Garami: Gyula is not a traitor; he just wanted to keep his dance group. He just wrote denunciations, to throw his brother out of the country. And when he went for two weeks, then he was not allowed back. In our view, Gyula is hero, and Istvan is traitor, because he left his homeland. It does not matter that he could not return because he was not allowed. There was no need at all to go abroad.

— What is the budget of the film and how it formed?

Gabor Garami: 1,650,000 euro. A budget was formed from the reserves of the Hungarian government, help of ministries and funds, as well as international funds and the Canadian Fund «Ontario.» We collected money wherever we could. If to speak by countries, then 52% of the budget is the Hungarian part, 27 — Canadian, and 21 — Slovenian. The film has turned out more expensive than average Hungarian film, but it is worth it.

Helen Krupnitska


Review of films of the Odessa International Film Festival

Пятница, Июль 20th, 2012

«Royal Romance» (En kongelig affære).
Finally, a wonderful historical film directed by Nikolaj Arcel. The film takes us to Denmark of the 16th century in the reign of King France. The cruel world in which, your freedom is limited by your position at the court, but free-thinkers are there, and they cancel torture, censorship of the press, make it possible to get an education, and transform Denmark into a progressive country. The king even received a letter from Voltaire, in which he writes that Europe admires their progressive country.

It reliably shows the events of that time taking place in the country: the plight of the peasants, rakish and lordly living of possessing power and money, and their unwillingness of innovations. When a smallpox epidemic breaks out, they refuse to help people. This film has it all — conspiracy, betrayal, coup, love and hate of the king.

«Havana, I love you.» (7 días en La Habana)
The team of Cuban filmmakers created a real saga about Havana. And they love it, from Monday to Sunday. Incendiary Cuban dances, rituals, familiarity with the city, absurd situations, nescience of English or Spanish, and the issues that discuss heroes of these stories — all this is interesting, fascinating and beautiful.

«To Rome with Love».
Film for the rest by the talented director and comedian Woody Allen drew the attention of the viewer of Odessa, was demonstrated with the full house as in the «Rodina» and at the Odessa Theatre of Musical Comedy.

Love is love, but there is a lot of humor in the film, and Alan himself pours them as from a horn of plenty. It is cheerful and exciting film. And although on the sidelines we heard remarks about the great expectations, the event that took place is always greater than unfulfilled expectations.

«Live».
Heroes of the film are not only recognizable, but also live next. Here is a mother alcoholic wondered how to go on living — gives up drinking, come to her senses, waiting for children but a severe tragedy takes away their lives. A young guy beaten up to death in the train and his girlfriend, with whom they are married today in the church, tears «emergency brake» and cut the vein. The entire film consists of such tragedies.

The film is scary brutal in its reality. And even more it is terrible by the fact that these are real snapshots of life in contemporary Russia.

«Love with a focus».
What is love? How man can feel it? Well, certainly not with the heart, the scientists say, and explain that the heart — it’s just muscle. Then with what? With skin? With brains? About this reason the movie characters. In the film are many different accents of love. A couple of young people escape from home in Georgia, so as not to part (the girl’s father against their communication). Tbilisi, picturesque landscapes and extraordinary adventures — all this is their world, full of love. Another couple is secured, held, working in the cinema industry; over the years lose interest in each other. Constant accusations and attempt to achieve leadership in family relationships lead to divorce. But tests once again lead them to each other. A young girl, who very much wants to marry, goes on vacation to Georgia. Golden wedding for the following film characters. And all this is with wonderful songs of Vakhtang Kikabidze and Nani Bregvadze.

«The Gulf Stream under the iceberg».
Absolutely incomprehensible, mythical film carries to the world where something of extra-terrestrial origin is. And this something is a wonderful, beautiful and dangerous Lilith. She excites and drives men crazy. What is it — revenge or a game? Or naked essence or carnal desire? Joint Russian-Latvian film is a «dark horse» of the Odessa International Film Festival.

Larisa Valevskaya / translated by Helen Krupnitska


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