Donbass and The Wild Fields triumph at the Ukrainian National Film Awards
by Vassilis Economou
- Sergei Loznitsa’s film snagged the major Golden Dzigas, while Yaroslav Lodygin’s debut scooped the most awards in total at the third Ukrainian ceremony
The Ukrainian Film Academy handed out its third National Film Awards at a gala ceremony on 19 April. The nominated films and the actual winners of the Golden Dzigas were selected by the members of the academy, comprising 355 professionals, with 35% of them being women.
The multi-award-winning, well-travelled grotesque contemporary war drama Donbass [+see also:
interview: Sergei Loznitsa
film profile] by Sergei Loznitsa was the big winner at the awards ceremony, as it took home the three main Golden Dziga Awards – namely, Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
The other big winner of the ceremony was Yaroslav Lodygin, whose Tallinn Black Nights-premiered absurdist comedy The Wild Fields [+see also:
film profile], which also deals with the Donbass region, snagged five Golden Dzigas, the biggest haul of any of the nominated films. The adaptation of Serhiy Zhadan’s novel received Best Actor for Oleg Moskalenko, Best Supporting Actor for Vladimir Yamnenko and Best Cinematography for Sergei Mikhalchuk as well as the technical awards for Best Sound and Best Production Design.
Another Tallinn Black Nights film, the parabolic fantasy-comedy The Gateway [+see also:
film profile], directed by Volodymyr Tykhyy, which is set in the Chernobyl exclusion zone and is an adaptation of the stage play of the same name, was the winner of both actress gongs – Irma Vitovska for Best Actress and Vitalina Bibliv for Best Supporting Actress – as well as the Best Music and Best Make-up trophies.
Finally, two new awards were introduced this year, the Best Song Award, which was bestowed upon the female choir comprising Irina Danilenko, Galina Goncharenko and Susanna Karpenko, for Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman at War, and the Best Editor Award, which went to Ivan Bannikov for his work on both Call Sign Banderas by Zaza Buadze and When the Trees Fall [+see also:
interview: Marysia Nikitiuk
film profile] by Marysia Nikitiuk.
It should be noted that the landmark tenth edition of the Odesa International Film Festival, which originally established the Ukrainian Film Academy and supported the National Film Awards, will be held from 12-20 July 2019 in Odesa, Ukraine.
Here is the complete list of winners at the third Ukrainian National Film Awards:
Best Director (Yuri Illienko Prize)
Sergei Loznitsa – Donbass
Best Supporting Actress
Vitalina Bibliv – The Gateway
Best Supporting Actor
Vladimir Yamnenko – The Wild Fields
Sergei Loznitsa – Donbass
Sergei Mikhalchuk – The Wild Fields
Best Production Design
Vlad Odudenko – The Wild Fields
Anton Baibakov – The Gateway
Irina Danilenko, Galina Goncharenko, Susanna Karpenko – Woman at War (Iceland/France/Ukraine)
Best Sound Design
Serhiy Stepanskyi – The Wild Fields and DZIDZIO First Time
Katerina Strukova – The Gateway
Best Costume Design
Maria Kero – Noble Tramps
Myth – Leonid Kanter, Ivan Yasniy
Best Animated Film
Mimesis – Freud M Weiser
Best Short Film
Mia Donna – Pavlo Ostrikov
Golden Dziga for Contribution to Ukrainian Cinema
Yuriy Garmash (cinematographer)
DZIDZIO First Time – Taras Dron, Mykhailo Khoma
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