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ODESA 2019

Odesa announces its International Competition and European Documentary Competition

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- The tenth edition of Ukraine's biggest film event is due to unspool on the coast of the Black Sea from 12-20 July

Odesa announces its International Competition and European Documentary Competition
Homeward by Nariman Aliev

The celebratory tenth edition of the Odesa International Film Festival (OIFF, 12-20 July) is due to take place imminently, and the premier film event in Ukraine is all set to host its international guests on the coast of the Black Sea.

Last week, at a press conference that was initially held in Kyiv and subsequently in Odesa, OIFF president Viktoriya Tigipko, general producer Julia Sinkevych, programme director Anthelme Vidaud, programme consultant Alik Shpyliuk and the head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency, Pylyp Illenko, announced the selection. More than 1,100 films were submitted to take part in the competition programmes.

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The festival's International Competition consists of 12 films that will be competing for the OIFF’s Grand Prix – the Golden Duke – and other awards. The majority of the selected films are European co-productions, and among them are: Levan Akin’s And Then We Danced [+see also:
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(Sweden/Georgia/France), Nariman Aliev’s Homeward [+see also:
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(Ukraine), Quentin Dupieux’s Keep an Eye Out [+see also:
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(France/Belgium), Paolo Zucca’s The Man Who Bought the Moon [+see also:
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(Italy/Albania/Argentina), Alejandro LandesMonos [+see also:
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(Colombia/Netherlands/Argentina/Germany/Denmark/Sweden/Uruguay/Switzerland), Shahrbanoo Sadat’s The Orphanage [+see also:
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(Denmark/Germany/Luxembourg/France/Afghanistan) May el-Toukhy’s Queen of Hearts [+see also:
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(Denmark), Ernestas JankauskasSasha Was Here [+see also:
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(Lithuania/Finland), Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir [+see also:
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(UK/USA) and Sameh Zoabi’s Tel Aviv on Fire [+see also:
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(Luxembourg/Belgium/Israel/France), along with Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s Initials SG (Argentina/Lebanon/USA), and Luo Hanxing’s Uncle and House (China).

The international jury includes Belgian director Peter Brosens, Hollywood actress of Ukrainian heritage Ivanna Sakhno, director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Karel Och, Irish actor Barry Ward and Georgian writer-director-producer Nana Ekvtimishvili.

Meanwhile, the European Documentary Competition, curated by Ukrainian documentarian Serhiy Bukovsky, comprises eight films: Commander Arian [+see also:
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by Alba Sotorra (Spain/Germany/Syria), Hi, A.I. by Isabella Willinger (Germany), Off Sides by Rozálie Kohoutová and Tomáš Bojar (Czech Republic), The Men's Room by Petter Sommer and Jo Vemund Svendsen (Norway), Transnistra [+see also:
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by Anna Eborn (Sweden/Denmark/Belgium), Heat Singers [+see also:
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by Nadia Parfan, For Sama [+see also:
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by Waad Al Khateab and Edward Watts (UK/USA), and Meeting Jim by Ece Ger (Turkey/Germany/Spain/UK).

The members of the European Documentary Competition jury are director-screenwriter-producer Bill Guttentag (USA), director, radio host and producer Sonia Kronlund (France), and the programme coordinator of Docudays UA, film producer Darya Bassel (Ukraine).

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