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Ten European features to compete at Odessa

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- Ukraine’s biggest film festival is back for its seventh edition from 15-23 July

Ten European features to compete at Odessa
Marguerite by Xavier Giannoli

In 1925, Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin earned the march down the Potemkin Stairs a place in the annals of world cinema history. This iconic stairway will be the backdrop for the seventh edition of the Odessa International Film Festival, which was opened on 15 July by Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite [+see also:
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(France, Belgium, the Czech Republic), one of the big winners at this year’s César Awards, and will be closed on Saturday 23 July with a screening of the US comedy Maggie’s Plan by Rebecca Miller.

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The international competition jury, which is chaired by Christopher Hampton and comprises Eva Neman, Rebecca O’Brien, Alex Ross Perry and Uberto Pasolini, will have to pick a winner from among the 12 participating feature films, ten of which are European. These titles include Xavier Seron’s Death by Death [+see also:
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(Belgium), Illegitimate [+see also:
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by Adrian Sitaru (Romania, Poland, France), Fukushima, Mon Amour [+see also:
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by Doris Dörrie (Germany), Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s The Lure [+see also:
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(Poland), Argyris PapadimitropoulosSuntan [+see also:
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(Greece) and Ogres [+see also:
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by Léa Fehner (France).

Five feature films will be screened as part of the national competition: Igor Minaev’s Blue Dress [+see also:
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Kholodny Yar. Intro by Alina GorlovaOlena Demyanenko’s My Grandmother Fanny Kaplan [+see also:
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, The nest of the Turtledove [+see also:
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 by Taras Tkachenko and Varta1, Lviv, Ukraine by Yuriy Hrytsyna.

Land of the Enlightened [+see also:
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 by Peter-Jan de Pue (Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany), Oleg and the Rare Arts [+see also:
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 by Andrés Duque (Spain) and My Friend Boris Nemtsov by Zosia Radkevich (Russia, Estonia) are three of the six documentaries to be featured in a new section of the festival. The non-competitive section “Festival of Festivals” will screen eight feature films, including Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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 (Palme d’Or at Cannes 2016), Fire at Sea [+see also:
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 by Gianfranco Rosi (Golden Bear at the 2016 Berlinale) and Pablo Trapero’s The Clan [+see also:
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 (Silver Lion at Venice 2015).

As with previous editions, the festival will also include a charming section dedicated to Ukrainian short films, several special screenings, including one of Yann-Arthus Bertrand’s Human [+see also:
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, master classes, a retrospective (dedicated this year to German director Christian Petzold), as well as an industry section for professionals. As a final note, Odessa has this year opened itself up to television series, screening the pilots of six European series as well as hosting a conference on TV series production in Ukraine.

To find out more about the festival’s programme, please click here.

(Translated from French)

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