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MIP: "Ukrainian Cinema Days" to Start on 10 October

On 5 October 2018, a press conference on the launching of the Ukrainian Cinema Days project was held at the press centre of Ukrinform news agency.

The project, supported by the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, is being implemented by Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival for the purpose of acquainting inhabitants of small towns in Ukraine, where no cinema screens are available, with modern Ukrainian films.

“Among the important functions of the Ministry is promoting Ukraine’s cinema. And, first of all, it is to be done in places where people have no means to see it. In September, we finished Tvoia Kraina Fest, a large-scale Ukrainian festival, bringing contemporary Ukrainian artists in seven frontier towns. Next is cinema,” said Artem Bidenko, State Secretary of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.

The last year has seen Ukrainian cinematography literally revive. Still, premieres of new Ukrainian films are available mostly to those living in large cities.

“80 percent of the population of Ukraine are now deprived of cinemas. Our projects aims to draw the attention of Ukrainian society to the need to return cinemas to small towns and villages,” says Andriy Halpakhchi, author of the project and director-general of Molodist IFF.

During 10-14 October, film screenings will be held in Berehove, Zakarpattia Region, and during 16-20 October, in Storozhynets, Chernivtsi Region.

“Often, screenings or filming take place in small towns, and this is a real holiday for the locals. We talk, exchange our opinions, hear what they feel about watching films -- and this is very important both for them and us,” says Roman Yasinovskyi, who starred in the film “Cyborgs”.

The programme includes such films as “Cyborgs” (directed by Akhtem Seitablaiev, 2017), “The Stolen Princess: Ruslan and Ludmila” (directed by Oleh Malamuzh, 2018), “Djakuyu” (directed by Dzen Yevstyhneikin, 2018), “What’s Your Name?” (directed by Iryna Hromozda and Svitlana Zaloha, 2018), “The Stronghold” (“Storozhova zastava”, directed by Yuriy Kovaliov, 2017), and “Their Prayer” (directed by Akhtem Seitablaiev, 2017).

As part of the project, discussions about modern Ukrainian cinema with film crew members are also contemplated.


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