Dec 03 2008

BLOKSKY @ Molodist

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MOLODIST Filmfestival Diary

The screening in Blue Hall (Kyiv movie theater) featured “I don’t feel like dancing” (Germany), “Si je tombe” (France), “A house call” (South Corea), “Udhedbun” (India), “Attimo Fuggente” (Greece), “Mektep” (Kazakhstan), “Trickster” (Germany), “Eliko” (Israel) and many others. Students whose films got into the competition program gave a press conference led by the “Molodist” selection board member Vadym Khrapachov. When asked “Who, do you think, would win if your film wasn’t included into the screening schedule?” some young and promising directors named “Bloksky”. Its British author Jeff Desom modestly considered all his competitors to be high-quality films. 

 

Dmytro Sukholytkyi-Sobchuk, Mykhailo Illenko workshop student, faced comments about lack of sound in his film but replied adequately: “That was the task we tried to accomplish at the workshop”. His “Otroctvo” was awarded Grand Prix at the “Vidkryta nich” film festival. Another Ukrainian competition participant Maryna Vroda expressed enthusiastic hope for her movies to be soon recognized due to her own, specific style. Maryna’s new object of interest is documentary. Possibly, the 39th “Molodist” will see the result of her achievements in this realm. Personal contact of movie-makers with the audience went on at the panel discussion “Cinema against the totalitarianism: Dictatorships in modern society and medias, cinema as a means of propaganda”. Some of the speakers like journalists Egor Sobolev and Vakhtang Kipiani ignored the discussion. Long-awaited Russian director of “Rebelliion. The Litvinenko case” couldn’t attend the meeting either. However, the discussion turned out remarkably interesting. Swiss-German director Eric Bergkraut and Anna Politkovskaya’s son came to Kyiv to present “Letter to Anna” listed in this non-competition program. Belorussian Anatoliy Lyabedko came to present “Kalinovski Square” by Yury Khaschavatski. He called “lukashism” a very original regime, although reminds of the notorious Russian KGB. The meeting was followed by screening “The Putin System” directed by Jean-Michel Carre. The author told how many obstacles he faced in the process, how many times he failed to access Putin’s environment: “When asked whether we were afraid to film what we were filming, I responded that we were afraid for them, people living in Russia now”. Taking into account the fact that “The Putin System” was banned in Russia and Belarus, Jean-Michel Carre appreciated Ukraine as a tolerant country to arrange the screenings in. The last film to finish Day 2 was “Famine-33” by Oles Yanchuk (Ukraine). Based on the novel “Yellow Prince” by Vasyl Barka, it shows the tragic fate of a Ukrainian family during the 1932-1933 famine.

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MOLODIST Filmfestival Diary

The screening in Blue Hall (Kyiv movie theater) featured “I don’t feel like dancing” (Germany), “Si je tombe” (France), “A house call” (South Corea), “Udhedbun” (India), “Attimo Fuggente” (Greece), “Mektep” (Kazakhstan), “Trickster” (Germany), “Eliko” (Israel) and many others. Students whose films got into the competition program gave a press conference led by the “Molodist” selection board member Vadym Khrapachov. When asked “Who, do you think, would win if your film wasn’t included into the screening schedule?” some young and promising directors named “Bloksky”. Its British author Jeff Desom modestly considered all his competitors to be high-quality films. 

 

Dmytro Sukholytkyi-Sobchuk, Mykhailo Illenko workshop student, faced comments about lack of sound in his film but replied adequately: “That was the task we tried to accomplish at the workshop”. His “Otroctvo” was awarded Grand Prix at the “Vidkryta nich” film festival. Another Ukrainian competition participant Maryna Vroda expressed enthusiastic hope for her movies to be soon recognized due to her own, specific style. Maryna’s new object of interest is documentary. Possibly, the 39th “Molodist” will see the result of her achievements in this realm. Personal contact of movie-makers with the audience went on at the panel discussion “Cinema against the totalitarianism: Dictatorships in modern society and medias, cinema as a means of propaganda”. Some of the speakers like journalists Egor Sobolev and Vakhtang Kipiani ignored the discussion. Long-awaited Russian director of “Rebelliion. The Litvinenko case” couldn’t attend the meeting either. However, the discussion turned out remarkably interesting. Swiss-German director Eric Bergkraut and Anna Politkovskaya’s son came to Kyiv to present “Letter to Anna” listed in this non-competition program. Belorussian Anatoliy Lyabedko came to present “Kalinovski Square” by Yury Khaschavatski. He called “lukashism” a very original regime, although reminds of the notorious Russian KGB. The meeting was followed by screening “The Putin System” directed by Jean-Michel Carre. The author told how many obstacles he faced in the process, how many times he failed to access Putin’s environment: “When asked whether we were afraid to film what we were filming, I responded that we were afraid for them, people living in Russia now”. Taking into account the fact that “The Putin System” was banned in Russia and Belarus, Jean-Michel Carre appreciated Ukraine as a tolerant country to arrange the screenings in. The last film to finish Day 2 was “Famine-33” by Oles Yanchuk (Ukraine). Based on the novel “Yellow Prince” by Vasyl Barka, it shows the tragic fate of a Ukrainian family during the 1932-1933 famine.

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