Warsaw: Odesa Film Festival in Exile

Warsaw: Odesa Film Festival in Exile

The Russian aggression on Ukraine has also affected cultural life there. Film festivals are being held abroad. The oldest Ukrainian film festival "Molodist", which normally takes place in Kyiv, recently showed its national competition as part of the Filmfest Hamburg.

The Odesa Film Festival was a guest at the Prishtina Film Festival in September with a programme and last week with its Ukrainian competition at the international A-Festival in Warsaw.

BUTTERFLY VISION (HR/SE/CZ/UA 2022) won the award for best feature film. In his feature debut, Maxim Nakonechnyi describes the struggle of a woman who, as a war volunteer in eastern Ukraine, fell into the captivity of pro-Russian separatists and was tortured there, with her traumas.  The film will be screened at the upcoming FFC in the special "Women's Roles in Socialism and After".

Taras Tomenko's BONEY PILES (UA 2022), a powerful reflection on children in the war in the Donbas, won the documentary film competition.

Volodymyr Tykhy's ONE DAY IN UKRAINE (UA 2022), in which the director and twelve cameramen portray everyday life during the war in various places in Ukraine, marked by rocket attacks, fighting and the desperate search for a piece of normality, received an honourable mention in the documentary film competition of the Warsaw Film Festival. Those two films will be shown in Cottbus in the special "What's Left".

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