A film which was long awaited for, ‘Frost’ by Sharunas Bartas, has presented its trailer. This is a co-production by Lithuania, France, Poland and Ukraine. The film tells the story of a young Lithuanian who travels to Ukrainian Donbas as a volunteer. One of the parts in the film is performed by Vanessa Paradis.
A group of Crimean-Tatar filmmakers launches the IndieGoGo campaigner (http://bit.ly/2xCOxfY) to raise the gap funding money for they first ever film made in the Crimean-Tatar language. This is a short film which has already received 50% state funding which proves the quality of the project. The film is produced by the creators of documentary film ‘Mustafa’ – the ‘Crimea_SOS’ NGO which consists mainly of Crimean refugees who left the peninsula after its annexation by Russia. The director describes the plot of the film:
The first teaser from a new feature film by Akhtem Seitablayev has been published. ‘The Cyborgs’ is re-telling the recent history of Ukraine – the legendary fight for Donetsk Airport in 2014 during Russian invasion. The freedom fighters from various divisions of Ukrainian army and volunteer battalions took a 242-days stand against the Russian backed militants until the complete destruction of the airport’s terminal.
Ukrainian-Italian co-production comedy is scheduled for release in September and will be premiered at Locarno IFF. Directed by Andrea Magnani.
The President of Ukraine has signed the new legislation adopted by Verkhovna Rada which increases the obligatory Ukrainian language presence for the national broadcasters up to 75% of their air time. The regional broadcasters of Ukraine are permitted to have 50% of Ukrainian in their content. This provides a greater urge for the national content producers to develop own projects instead of buying foreign programs.
The team of Ukrainian sci-fi feature movie ‘Egregor’ has shared an extended teaser of the project. Written & directed by Lyubomyr Levytsky. Cinematography by Dmytro Nedrya.
The creators of a feature documentary Myth, telling the story of Ukrainian-French opera singer Vasyl Slipak who left his job to fight for Ukraine, are running the crowdfunding campaign on the platform ‘Spilnokosht’. The crew has finished the principal shooting and require additional funds for post-production. The film directed by Diana Karpenko, Leonid Kanter and Ivan Yasnij. The link to campaign: https://biggggidea.com/project/-dokumentalnij-film-mif-/
A new film directed by Sergiy Loznitsa which is a part of the Cannes feature competition, has released its trailer. Cinematography by Oleg Mutu. Art Direction by Kirill Shuvalov. The story is based on a short novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Ukrainian Pavillion in Cannes will operate from 17th through 28th of May. The main goal of the pavilion is to present the current cinematographic Ukraine as a powerful production hub: with well-developed production facilities, qualified and skillful crews and technical specialists, lots of picturesque and unique locations, low costs of production and a recently adopted cinema law with cash rebates for international film producers.
Based on a true story of a Crimean Tatar woman who saved many Jewish children during World War II. The feature will be premiered on May 18, 2017 – the date of commemoration of the Crimean Tatars deportation. Directed by Akhtem Seitablayev known for ‘Khaytarma’.