The eighth Odessa Film Festival
In Odessa the international film festival has come to the end.
Within the limits of the eighth Odessa film festival it has been presented more than 120 motion pictures, among them prime-ministers from Cannes and Berlinale. Ukrainian films were represented by a record number – 48.
Traditionally, the opening ceremony took place at the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. On the red carpet, the guests and jury of the festival walked in front of the theater. Among them were Aidan Turner, Sibil Kekilli, Mikhail Zhvanetsky, Boris Barsky, Alexey Botvinov, Oleg Filimonov, Yuriy Gorbachev and a special guest, French actress Isabelle Huppert. Entertained the guests at the opening of the group Dakh Daughters. The hosts of Odessa Film Festival were Oleg Panyuta and Yanina Sokolova.
“Eight is a magic figure. This is the sign of infinity. For eight years, Odessa Film Festival has become a significant event not only in Ukraine, but throughout Eastern Europe. 911 applications for participation this year, 81 countries, 5 continents. This is a record. We received 265 films for participation in the national contest. This is also a significant figure, which indicates that Ukrainian cinema is developing, becoming stronger, gaining momentum. For us all this is only the beginning, “- noted the President of the OIFF Victoria Tigipko.
In the international competition of the film festival were presented 12 films – from China, Ukraine, Serbia, Austria, Lithuania, Israel, Estonia, France, Brazil, Georgia, Belgium, Spain. The contest of European documentary films included 8 films, and 17 films in the national program.
Grand Prix and a prize of 10 thousand euro was awarded to the Belgian-Dutch-Bulgarian film “The King of the Belgians”, directed by Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens.
Best directing work: the film “My Happy Family”, directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross.
Nomination “Best Actor and Actress”: Ia Shugashvili and Qisya Kvamsashvili, the film “My Happy Family”.
The best foreign film: “Summer 1993” by the Spanish director Carla Simon.
Documentary: “The main role” by Sergey Bukovsky.
Best Ukrainian feature film: Dixieland, director Roman Bondarchuk.
The best Ukrainian short film: “Issue 97”, directed by Pavel Ostrikov.
The special award of the jury was received by the film director from China Tszyun Gen for the work “Free and easy.”
“Golden Duke” for his contribution to the cinema was given to the Polish director Agnieszka Holland, who directed the films “The Mysterious Garden”, “Complete eclipse”, “Beethoven’s rewriting” and others.