“Ukrainian Film Festival in Lebanon” in November, 08-10, 2016

In November 8-10, 2016 we organized the “Ukrainian film festival in Lebanon”. The event was held under the auspices of
THE EMBASSY OF UKRAINE IN LEBANON,
THE UKRAINIAN STATE FILM AGENCY,
THE LEBANESE UNIVERSITY,
THE LEBANESE CULTURAL CENTER (Ukraine).
Our partner – airline “UM Air”.

Date and places event:
08-10.11 Rafic Hariri University Campus – Hadath, BEIRUT
16.11 Safadi Cultural Center, TRIPOLI
25.11 Tyre Cultural Forum, TYR

We showed films of famous Ukrainian film directors:

THE GUIDE (Povodyr – original title)
Ukraine, 2014, 2h 2min, Drama, History
Director: Oles Sanin
SYNOPSIS:
Early 1930s. Peter is a ten-year-old boy in the midst of turbulent Soviet Ukraine. His father, an American engineer, is killed for obtaining secret documents about the repressions, which now are hidden in Peter’s book. The boy flees from the police with a blind kobzar (Ukrainian folk minstrel), Ivan Kocherga. Ivan does everything to help his young guide to grow up and survive with a kind and clear soul that will not be hardened by what his eyes have seen. He tells his young guide elaborate stories that make him believe there can be a different reality from what he sees around him. We are challenged to admit the blind kobzar may see the world with greater clarity than those with perfect eyes.
AWARDS:
Showing all 2 wins and 3 nominations
Odessa International Film Festival 2014:
Won Jury Prize – Best Actor Stanislav Boklan,
Best Cinematography Sergey Mikhalchuk
2nd place Golden Duke – International Competition
Nominated Festival Prize – Best Film
Warsaw International Film Festival 2014:
Nominated Grand Prix – Oles Sanin
FESTIVALS:
2014 / JUL / UKRAINE / Odessa – Best Actor, Jury Diploma for Cinematography
2014 / OCT / POLAND / Warsaw (class A)
2014 / OCT / POLAND / Tofifest
2014 / NOV / INDIA / Goa (class A)
2014 / NOV / GERMANY / Cottbus
2014 / DEC / JAPAN / Kyoto HYSTORICA
2015 / JAN / USA / Palm Springs
2015 / MAR / ITALY / Bari – Scecial Mention from International Jury
2015 / APR / ROMANIA / Cinepolitica (Bucharest)
2015 / MAY / ROMANIA / European Film Festival (Bucharest)
2015 / MAY / POLAND / “Ukrainian Spring” (Poznan)
2015 / MAY / CANADA / KinoFilmFest (Winnipeg)

THE TRIBE
Ukraine, 2014, 2h 6min, Drama, Crime
Director: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
SYNOPSIS:
Deaf mute Sergey enters a special boarding school for deaf-and-dumb. In this new place, he needs to find his way through the hierarchy of the school community and the local criminal organization – the tribe – headed by the so-called King. By taking part in several robberies Sergey gets higher up of this criminal organization. Then he meets one of King’s concubines Anna and unwillingly breaks the unwritten rules of the tribe.
FESTIVALS:
– Cannes Film Festival – Critic’s Week Grand Prix: Grand Prix Nespresso, France 4 Award Visionary Award, grant Gan Foundation Support for Distribution
– Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) – official program
– International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary – special screening
– Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland) – special screening
– San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain) – official program
– Andrei Tarkovsky “Mirror” Film Festival (Russia) – Grand Prix
– Golden Apricot Film Festival (Armenia) – Grand Prix and FIPRESCI prize
– Palic Film Festival (Serbia) – Grand Prix
– IFF in Motovun (Croatia) – Grand Prix
– Art Film Festival, Trencin (Slovakia) – Mayor Prize
AWARDS:
Showing all 29 wins and 20 nominations
AFI Fest 2014:
Won New Auteurs Special Award for Personal Storytelling – New Auterus, Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi (director)
Nominated Audience Award – New Auteurs, Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
Austin Fantastic Fest 2014:
Won Next Wave Award – Best Director Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi (director)
Austin Film Critics Association 2015:
Nominated Austin Film Critics Award – Best Foreign Language Film
Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2016:
Nominated AFCA Award – Best International Film (Foreign Language)
Black Movie Film Festival 2015:
Nominated Young Adults Jury Award – Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
British Film Institute Awards 2015:
Won Sutherland Trophy – Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
Cannes Film Festival 2014:
Won Critics Week Grand Prize – Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
Won France 4 Visionary Award – Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
Won Gan Foundation Support for Distribution – Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
Nominated Golden Camera – Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2016:
Won COFCA Award – Best Overlooked Film
Nominated COFCA Award – Best Foreign Language Film
Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US 2016:
Nominated Heterodox Award – Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
Cleveland International Film Festival 2015:
Nominated George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition – Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
Cork International Film Festival 2014:
Won Spirit of the Festival Award – Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
Denver International Film Festival 2014:
Won Krzysztof Kieslowski Award – Best Feature Film Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

MY GRANDMOTHER FANNY KAPLAN
Ukraine, 2016, 1h 50min, Biography, Drama, History
Director: Alena Demyanenko
SYNOPSIS:
1917, the Crimea. A blind woman Fanny Kaplan is pardoned after serving ten years for terrorism at a hard labour camp and goes to a rest home in Yevpatoria. There, Fanny meets a doctor Dmitriy Ilyich Ulyanov. He is incidentally the brother of Vladimir Ulyanov (Lenin). Fanny’s relationship with Dmitriy Ilyich develops into a love affair – soon he abandons his wife and starts living with Fanny. To his discontent, Fanny has to leave him for several weeks and go to Kharkov, where she undergoes a successful surgery to restore her eyesight. On her way back to the Crimea, she meets her first love, a former bandit and anarchist Viktor Garskiy, the man, whose blame she took for a failed terrorist plot a decade earlier. After spending the night together, Garskiy informs Fanny that he is a Bolshevik revolutionary with no time to spare for personal life and then promptly leaves. After a prolonged desperate search in Moscow, Fanny finally finds Garskiy. It turns out that he is now a member of the secret police, is married and has a son. However, Fanny agrees to become his mistress. On 30th August 1918, Fanny comes to the Mikhelson factory for a date with Garskiy. And at that time and place the assassination attempt on Vladimir Lenin takes place. Was Fanny the one who shot Lenin?