Equator of Milodist: the summary
Kyiv International Film Festival “Molodist” opened at the Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theatre. For the next eight days, the cinephiles of Kyiv immersed themselves into the world of cinema.
The festival reached its equator, so let us remember the most significant and most interesting events so far.
The first day of the festival presented the program “Illienko '80” with films by the great Ukrainian filmmaker Yuriy Illienko. The audience also saw the film “Austerlitz” by Sergei Loznitsa about the “new life” of former concentration camps. “Molodist for Kids” opened with the first Ukrainian animated film “Mykyta Kozhumiaka”.
At the opening ceremony, Hungarian director Marta Meszaros received the Scythian Deer for her invaluable contribution to cinema, and director Viktor Olender was awarded the Dovzhenko Prize for his documentary about Ukrainian actor Kostiantyn Stepankov.
The second day of the festival introduced the Student competition of shorts and the program “Sunny Bunny”, which opened with the film “Theo and Hugo”, the program “Lithuanian Focus”, French and German language cinema. “Molodist” presented a new program, “Hungarian Rhapsody”, which opened with Marta Meszaros’s film “The Uunburied Corpse”. “Horrors of Molodist” program is also the first in the history of the festival, and it opened with the film “Shelley”.
Shakespeare on Film is an interesting selection of films based on plays by the English playwright, and it opened with a British film “The Tempest”.
British screenwriter and director Ben Sharrock gave a master class on how to make your first film.
The third day of the festival started with the shorts competition, “Scandinavian Panorama” and the screening of the film “Atomopolis. Assembling Utopia”, which was warmly received at the Urban Film Festival “86”.
One of the special events was the screening of the film “Freedom or Death!” by American director with Ukrainian roots Damian Kolodiy. The film is dedicated to the events of the Revolution of Dignity.
This day also had master classes – this time, by directors Jacques Martineau and Felix Tissot.
The fourth day of the festival included a presentation of the documentary “Lobanovsky Forever”, dedicated to the outstanding football player and coach. The film received many appreciative reviews. The film “Mariupolis” has its screening on the same day. It tells about the life in Mariupol during the Ukrainian crisis. The director of the film talked about the relationship of aesthetics and politics in documentary film at his master class.
The day marked the end of the shorts competition and the competition of student films. The films “Trash”, “Fear” and “Happy Paradise” gathered a full house.
The audience still has four days of the festival to look forward to, with more interesting events and spectacular films.