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'Alive' Released Theatrically

The new feature by Taras Khymych is shown in theatres starting from November, 24th. The film tells a story behind the first ‘Halychyna’ divison of Ukrainian Insurgent Army and one of its members – Anna Popovych who was believed to posses paranormal abilities. The story based on real events of the Soviet occupation of the Ukrainian Carpathians. The film was in production for 3 years and was funded with no state support. One of the soundtrack creators is Sashko Polozhynsky of ‘Tartak’ music band.

Odesa Film Studio Opens Film Archive

Odesa Film Studio has published 414 feature films and series in its official YouTube channel. The films were made since 1918 and include established Soviet classics like ‘Spring on Zarechnaya Street‘, ‘Can’t Change the Meeting Place‘, ‘The Three Musketeers‘. There are also lots of underestimated pieces like a ‘The Port‘ (1984), a sea detective; ‘The Mystery Island‘ (1941), the first Soviet Sci-Fi; ‘Where Will He Go?‘ (1981), a fabulous comedy. The studio channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3RYZO9qYh_yVg5FpFp4Y8lfChA96Go1s

Ukraine Introduces Tax Rebates

Yesterday, September 22nd, Ukrainian parliament has finally adopted the long-awaited-for and fiercely discussed legislation on State Support of the Film Industry.

There about ten major changes in the playground most important of which is introduction of the 25% cash rebate system for all the service production projects including theatrical movies, TV series, commercials, music videos etc. The other important things are following:

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Ukrainian-Indian Co-Production Gets Crowdfunded

Daria Ghai, a Ukrainian film director who studied filmmaking in India had launched a campaign on an Indian crowdfunding platform Wishberry to raise funds for her first feature film called ‘Three And A Half’ to be shot entirely in India. Her creative approach has proved to be successful. The campaign has reached its target of 500 000 INR.

https://www.wishberry.in/campaign/three-and-a-half-a-feature-film/

Best Ukrainian Feature at OIFF

The Odesa International Film Festival finished and has awarded the winners. The jury have named ‘The Nest of the Turtledove’ by Taras Tkachenko the best film in Ukrainian competition. One of the main parts in the film was performed by Vitaly Linetsky, a famous Ukrainian actor who died before the movie was premiered.

Ukrainian Movie Posters of 1920s

National Dovzhenko Center has published a unique collection of movie posters from the epoch of VUFKU (All-Ukrainian Photo & Film Management Organization), from 1922 till 1930. VUFKU used to be the top film production company over the entire Soviet Union with an output of circa 30 feature films per year in the most prolific times. The album is available for purchase at the Dovzhenko Center’s website.

Coming Soon: The Fight Rules

The first ever Ukrainian sports drama will premiere in Ukraine this fall. Starring Vlad Nikityuk, Yevgen Galych, Oleksiy Gorbunov and Akhtem Seytablayev. The story goes about a former boxing coach who has to come back to profession and prepare his son for a champion’s fight. The movie is directed by Oleksiy Shaparev. Photography by Dmytro Yashenkov. Screenplay by Oleksiy Shaparev and Ivan Tymshyn.

Jamala And Ukraine Win Eurovision Song Contest

Ukrainian singer Jamala wins Eurovision song contest in a highly emotional voting. Jamala is the first ever ethnic Crimean Tatar to perform at the contest. She caused much controversy before the show over her would-be political song, referencing the year when Stalin deported their ethnic group from its native region of Crimea in Ukraine.