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ODESA 2018

Woman at War to open Odesa

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- The ninth edition of Ukraine's biggest film event boasts three big competition sections and sidebars with recent festival hits

Woman at War to open Odesa
Woman at War by Benedikt Erlingsson

The ninth edition of the Odesa International Film Festival (OIFF, 13-21 July), the premier film event in Ukraine and one of the largest in Eastern Europe, will open on Friday with the Ukrainian premiere of Benedikt Erlingsson's Cannes Critics' Week title Woman at War [+see also:
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, a co-production between Iceland, France and Ukraine.

The festival's International Competition consists of 12 films from around the world, including Wolfgang Fischer's Styx [+see also:
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, Jagoda Szelc's Tower. A Bright Day [+see also:
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, Babis Makridis' Pity [+see also:
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, Constantin Popescu's Pororoca [+see also:
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, Lukas Dhont's Girl [+see also:
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, Jean-Paul Civeyrac's A Paris Education [+see also:
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, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra's Birds of Passage [+see also:
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and Annemarie Jacir's Wajib [+see also:
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as well as two regional films coming straight from Karlovy Vary, where they had their world premieres: Volcano [+see also:
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by Roman Bondarchuk and Crystal Swan [+see also:
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by Darya Zhuk. In addition, the Indian-Ukrainian co-production Three and a Half by Daria Gaikalova will have its world premiere in this section.

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In the National Competition for feature films, five titles will be vying for awards, and four of them will enjoy their world premieres at Odesa: Hero of My Time [+see also:
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by Tonya Noyabrova, Delta [+see also:
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by Oleksandr Techynskyi, Tera [+see also:
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by Nikon Romanchenko and the documentary Gogol Doc by Alisa Pavlovska. They will be joined by the Berlinale Panorama title When the Trees Fall [+see also:
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interview: Marysia Nikitiuk
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, a co-production by Ukraine, Poland and Macedonia, directed by Marysia Nikitiuk.

The European Documentary Competition includes Shevaun Mizrahi's Distant Constellation [+see also:
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, Egil Håskjold Larsen's 69 Minutes of 86 Days [+see also:
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, Alisa Kovalenko's Home Games [+see also:
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, Flavio Marcheti's Animals and Other People, Gustavo Salmerón's Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle [+see also:
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, Andrei Zagdansky's Michail and Daniel, Christina Vandekerckhove's Rabot [+see also:
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and Mark Cousins' The Eyes of Orson Welles [+see also:
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The non-competitive Festival of Festivals section will feature titles such as Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot [+see also:
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, Jafar Panahi's Three Faces, Abdellatif Kechiche's Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno [+see also:
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, Cédric Kahn's The Prayer [+see also:
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interview: Cédric Kahn
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, Sergei Loznitsa's Donbass [+see also:
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and Paweł Pawlikowski's Cold War [+see also:
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, while Gaspar Noé's Climax [+see also:
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, Asghar Farhadi's Everybody Knows [+see also:
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and Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote [+see also:
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will be part of the Gala Premieres programme.

In collaboration with Séries Mania and the TV channel Ukraine, the Series! section will present the first two episodes of each of five upcoming TV series to the OIFF audience: Who Are You? by Anatoliy Mateshko (Ukraine), Mother Is Wrong by François Velle (France), On the Spectrum by Yuval Shafferman (Israel), The Day by Gilles Coulier and Dries Vos (Belgium), and The Oil Fund by Harald Zwart (Norway).

Finally, in the various sidebar sections, Odesa will celebrate 70 years of Israeli cinema with screenings of five movies made between 2004 and 2015, and the work of Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase, who will enjoy a retrospective. The Special Screenings programme will focus on films by Ingmar Bergman and Kira Muratova, in addition to historical epics such as Michael Kohlhaas [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud des Pallières
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and The Captain [+see also:
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interview: Robert Schwentke
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, and several short and feature films related to Ukraine.

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