Odessa International Film Festival 14th - 22nd July 2017
It’s Film Festival time in the Ukraine with the Odessa Film Festival from 14th – 22nd July. The Odessa Film Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Eastern Europe and is held in the cinema capital of Ukraine – Odessa. The first festival started in 2010 and now with nine days of exclusive film premieres, events, director workshops and more is now firmly on the world film map – read on to find out more
Amongst the huge array of amazing films on offer this year there are several French-language films and programmes up for awards
In the International film category
Director: Arnaud Des Pallières
Cast: Adèle Haenel, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Solène Rigot, Gemma Arterton, Jalil Lespert, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Sergi Lopez
Four moments in the lives of four female characters. A little girl from the countryside, playing a game of hide and seek that turns to tragedy. A teenager, caught in an endless succession of runaways, men and mishaps, because anything is better than her desolate family home. A young woman who moves to Paris and has a brush with disaster. The grown-up at last, an accomplished woman, who thought she was safe from her own past. Gradually, these characters come together to form a single heroine.
Find out more http://oiff.com.ua/en/films-2017/orphan.htm
In the European Documentary Category
A Young Girl in Her Nineties (Une jeune fille de 90 ans)
(France / Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Yann Coridian)
This is a story about how a well-known choreographer, Thierry Thieû Niang, leads a dance group for people with Alzheimer’s syndrome in the geriatric ward.
(France, Germany / Sonia Kronlund)
The film was featured in the Biweekly of Directors section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. This is an extraordinary story full of extraordinary characters from the most productive actor and director of Afghanistan (more than 100 films).
Princes among Men / Prince parmi les hommes
(France / Stefan Krasnianskiy) is a poetic film about the culture of the Roma ethnic group, imbued with music, ideas of freedom and an unbridled thirst for life. The 8th OIFF will host the world premiere of the film.
Find out more about the full documentary selection here
Other French-language screenings
The Ladies' Paradise / Au Bonheur des dames
Julien Duvivier (1930)
One of the last films in the history of French silent cinema, The Ladies’ Paradise by Julien Duvivier will be screened at Potemkin Stairs on 15th July. The Potemkin Stairs is one of the largest open-air screening venues in Europe. The screening of Ladies’ Paradise will be accompanied by a musical arrangement by Canadian composer Gabriel Thibodeau, and the vocal parts will be performed by soloist Sophie Fournier. The film is based on the eponymous novel by Emile Zola and is a real gem of French silent cinema which remained underappreciated until its restoration in the early 21st century. The events of the film unfold in a department store called “The Ladies’ Paradise”. The film was shot on the territory of a special Parisian landmark – in the historic shopping centre Galeries Lafayette
Key festival dates / info
- Dates: 14 - 22 July, 2017
- Grand Prix Golden Duke, awarded by audience
- Prizes for the Best Film, Best Acting and Best Director, awarded by International Jury.
- Christian Petzold is head of the International Jury, the famous German director is one of the key figures of the Berlin School and a favourite of film critics. He’s won the Silver Bear at the 62nd Berlin Film Festival for Best Director (“Barbara”) and twice won the FIPRESCI prize
- Golden Duke for the Best Ukrainian Film, awarded by International Jury of the National Competition
- Golden Duke for the Best European Documentary, awarded by International Jury of the European Documentary Competition
- Golden Duke for Lifetime Achievement
- Special prizes, awarded by FICC and FIPRESCI juries
To view the full film offering during the festival click here
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