The film “The Illusion of Fear”, filmed on the same book by first vice-premier of Ukraine Olexander Turchynov, will be announced as the challenger from Ukraine at the Oscar award in the category “Best Film in a Foreign Language”.
Directed by Oleksander Kiriyenko (‘Orange sky”, “Indie”) and shot by cameraman Serhiy Mykhalchuk (“Mamay”), the film features a decent cast: Andriy Panin plays the main hero, supported by Olena Babenko, Oleksiy Petrenko, Serhiy Harmash and Oleksiy Horbunov. “The illusion of fear” tells a story of a businessman trying to make money during the troubled 1990s in the former Soviet Union. Corrupt police is after the man, trying to force him to give away his business. As a result, the film’s hero becomes somewhat schizophrenic, seeing himself as King Solomon and confusing real life with fiction.
“Either as in the book so in the film I wanted to prove that people’s problems also as our dreams and achievements are only illusion. Insspite of authority and money people cannot abandon the fear of life and fear of death’ – said Turchynov before screening.