Press Release (ePRNews.com) - KYIV, Ukraine - Jun 15, 2016 - During the Days of Ukrainian Cinema in London, the British viewers could see the collection of the best contemporary Ukrainian fiction, documentary and short-length movies, as well as classic film pieces. The Ukrainian Film Festival, funded by Igor Iankovskyi Charitable Foundation “Initiative for the Future”, took place in multicultural center RichMix in London’s arts district Shoreditch with assistance of the British agency Dash Arts.
On the 10th of December the Embassy of Ukraine in London hosted a press-conference dedicated to this spectacular event, with the speeches delivered by the founder of “Initiative for the Future” Fund, Igor Iankovskyi, and the head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency, Philip Illienko. During the press conference, the representatives of British and Ukrainian press were introduced to Ukrainian directors and actors, whose films have been brought to London.
“The year 2015 began for us with the week of Ukrainian Cinema in Paris and it is symbolic that it ends with the Days of Ukrainian Cinema in London. Our country is undergoing through dramatic events. However, what we would like to show to London today, to the whole world – tomorrow, is not the image given by the news reports, but completely different, culturally rich, diverse, interesting and even mysterious Ukraine. That’s why we founded the Days of Ukrainian Cinema, which we are continuously conducting in the big European cities. The cinema, especially its young representatives, is able to carry the innermost, the most important. We would like to introduce the uncompromising, inspirational and surprising Ukrainian cinema to the whole world, the cinema, that fascinates the viewers of prestigious film festivals”, – said Igor Iankovskyi, the founder of “Initiative for the Future” Fund.
He outlined that his Foundation is extending its program of fellowships for the talented youth, who would like to continue their studies abroad. Currently, the negotiations are being held with the representatives of several European countries on this issue.
Igor Kyzym, the interim Chargé d’Affaires of Ukraine, has read the message of the State Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport, a big friend of Ukraine, John Whittingdale. “The presentation of the new cinematographic talents along with the recognized classics from Ukraine will only enhance our cultural and educational relations. Thus, the creative diversity overcomes the adversities, for what I would like to express my gratitude to Ukrainian State Film Agency, Embassy of Ukraine in Great Britain, Igor Iankovskyi Foundation and world-famous “Molodist” Film Festival”, – the message has stressed.
The same evening, the Days of Ukrainian Cinema have been opened in the multicultural center RichMix with the best documentary film of recent years: “The Living Fire”, which shows the dramatic story of Ukrainian shepherds, who are struggling to preserve the ancient traditions. The audience watched the movie with its breath held and in the end – rewarded its authors with applause.
The evening ended with the reception for 100 persons honoring Ukrainian cineastes, where British journalists, critics and viewers could communicate with the films’ authors in the relaxed atmosphere. The Iankovskyi Foundation organized the journey for ten Ukrainian cineastes, who presented their recent creations.
Among them “The Sighted” (2014) telling the story about American boy and the blind singer (“kobzar”). He has been brought together by Fate in dramatic years of 1930s. The movie generated so much excitement, that the theater was overcrowded. After the show, the viewers did not let go for a long time the director Oleg Sanin.
A lot of interest has generated the historical drama “TheOneWhoPassedThroughFire” (2011) about the Ukrainian aviator, who had been taken captive by the Nazis during the World War II, then became the GULAG’s prisoner and then – the chieftain of an Indian tribe in Canada.
For the family view, the musical film “The Trumpet” (2014) has been presented by the author of scenario, Anastasiya Mateshko.
The compilation of the best short films of the 45th “Molodist” Kyiv International Film Festival (2015) has been presented by its winner Kateryna Hornostai, the director of “Aloof”. Alongside with another director, Vovka Solovey, they answered the viewers’ numerous questions about the situation in contemporary Ukraine.
In the course of the event, British viewers could also see the picture by Yuriy Illienko “The white bird with a black mark” (1971), a brilliant masterpiece of Ukrainian poetic cinema, presented by actor and director Mykhailo Illienko and Philip Illienko, the Head of Ukrainian State Film Agency. Furthermore, a new movie project based on poetry of Taras Shevchenko, creations of Ivan Mykolaichuk and Yuriy Illienko – “Toloka” (“Joint/Communal Work”) has been presented in the Headquarters of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain.
At the last year, Igor Iankovskyi Ukrainian Charity Fund “Initiative for the future” had conducted the Days of Ukrainian Cinema in Munich and Paris. Starting from the 2013, the Fund is fully financing the National Short Film Contest under the “Molodist” Kyiv Film Festival and provides the winner with opportunity to take part in the biggest cinematographic events – the Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals.
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