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The program "Odesa-Warsaw: Ukrainian Competition" includes 11 full-length and 7 short films


The programme of the National Competition of the 13th Odesa International Film Festival has been announced


The National competition programme of the 13th Odesa International Film Festival will be held within the framework of the Warsaw International Film Festival under the name "Odesa-Warsaw: Ukrainian Competition". It included 11 feature films:

  • “A Rising Fury”, dir. Lesya Kalynska, Ruslan Batytskyi, Ukraine/USA/Norway, 2022

“A RISING FURY” showcases the front lines of a growing conflict between Ukraine and Russia to witness firsthand a war that is tearing country and family apart.

  • “Boney Piles”, dir. Taras Tomenko, Ukraine, 2022

This story is about coming of age and encountering cruel reality. And it is about childhood that continues despite war.

  • “Butterfly vision”, dir. Maksym Nakonechnyi, Ukraine/Czech Republic/Croatia/Sweden, 2022

Maksym Nakonechnyi’s feature debut is a harsh and all-too-timely testimony to the warriors of Ukraine and the women fighting for their integrity, their freedom, their future.

  • “Diary of a Bride of Christ”, dir. Marta Smerechynska, Ukraine, 2021

Marta, the film’s director, faces her fears and digs into the realm of her estranged sister Nastia, a Greek-Catholic nun, to re-evaluate the world they both were brought up in.

  • “How is Katia?”, dir. Christina Tynkevych, Ukraine, 2022

Anna is a single mother, working hard to provide a better future for her daughter Katia. A sudden turn of events makes Anna question her moral compass in a society where everyone has lost their own.

  • “Klondike”, dir. Maryna Er Gorbach, Ukraine/Turkey, 2022

The story of a Ukrainian family living on the border of Ukraine and Russia during the start of the war. Irka refuses to leave her house even as the village gets captured by armed forces. Shortly after they find themselves at the center of an international air crash catastrophe on July 17, 2014.

  • “One Day in Ukraine”, dir. Volodymyr Tykhyy, Ukraine/Poland, 2022

The events in this film occur in Ukraine on a single day: March 14, 2022, the 2,944th day of the Russian-Ukrainian War. The full out invasion of Russian armed forces and massive bombings mixed places and people in a surrealistic, casting humanity as characters in this postapocalyptic work that reveals people’s new qualities and the roles they play.

  • “Outside”, dir. Olha Zhurba, Ukraine/Germany/Netherlands, 2022

The 7-year journey of Roma, once a poster boy for the Ukrainian Revolution, who is released from the orphanage at 18 into the adult world with nothing but a knife and a lighter.

  • “Pamfir”, dir. Dmytro Suholytkyi-Sobchuk, Ukraine/Poland/France, 2022

Pamfir returns home after a long absence to reunite with his family. The unconditional love of Pamfir's family has a side effect and forces him to turn on a risky path with irreversible consequences.

  • “Reflexion”, dir. Valentyn Vasyanovych, Ukraine, 2021

Ukrainian surgeon Serhiy is captured by the Russian military forces in Eastern Ukraine and exposed to horrifying scenes of humiliation and violence. After his release, he returns to his apartment and tries to find a purpose in life by rebuilding his relationship with his daughter and ex-wife.

  • “Rock. Paper. Grenade”, dir. Iryna Tsilyk, Ukraine, 2021

“Rock. Paper. Grenade” is a story about relationships between children and adults broken by shaky 1990s in Ukraine. The boy Tymophiy befriends a weird man named Felix. He’s the veteran of Afghan war, he has PTSD and he loves music…

Also in the program "Odesa-Warsaw: Ukrainian Competition" 7 short films will be shown:

  • “It is Quiet Here”, dir. Olena Podolianko, Novruz Hikmet

A young couple is torn from the world for one long night in a hotel room in a town near the border. That night they agreed not to talk about the war. Completely lost in each other' s small world, they don't realize when the morning comes and force them to go back to reality.

  • “Teatralna station”, dir. Alina Panasenko

Tymofii is a little pickpocket. He lives his normal life until he suddenly falls in love with the next on the lady station officer at the Teatralna station.

  • “JORDAN'96”, dir. Khateryna Lesyk

In the mid-90s, a provincial town. At the disco Andriy, an 18-year-old boy, meets his classmate Zhenya, who moved to Israel a few years ago. That same night, Zhenya disappears, and all suspicion falls on Andriy, who returns home in Zhenya's sneakers. Zhenya's father is a local criminal authority and independently begins the search for a son.

  • “Lalibela”, dir. Anna Morozova

On the eve of Easter, an icon depicting the Ethiopian Mother of God enters a Ukrainian village. After the icon is noticed by regular parishioners, a conflict begins between the young priest and his flock. Peasants do not agree to have a dark-skinned Mother of God in the church. One night someone makes his way to the church and cuts the icon. After the night events, the icon begins to pour myrrh.

  • “Golden Leggings”, dir. Arkadii Nepytaliuk

August 19, 1991. USSR. Moscow is filled with rallies, barricades and tanks. But a summer school camp on the South is living its own life.

  • “Ach So”, dir. Polina Piddubna

“I rent a very small room in Berlin (which reminds me of a coffin) and have very strange dreams there. People are held in suspense for two years without knowing when will it all be over. The club is closed, the ambulance won’t come and everything that’s left to do is just walking around the city with your inner monsters”.

  • “Cherry Orchard”, collective work of students of the 2nd year of directing an animated film of the Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University. Artistic director of the course Olena Kasavina.

Video performance of a musical work by Valentin Silvestrov based on Taras Shevchenko's verses, combined with animation of each line of the poem by different young directors.

The winners of the competition will be determined in two categories:

  • Best Ukrainian feature film (prize 6,000 euros)
  • Best Ukrainian short film (prize 3,000 euros)

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