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ODESA 2019

La Belle Époque to open the Odesa International Film Festival

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- The tenth edition of the leading Ukrainian gathering has also unveiled the contents of its National Competition section and all of its sidebars

La Belle Époque to open the Odesa International Film Festival
La Belle Époque by Nicolas Bedos

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the Odesa International Film Festival (OIFF), which will run from 12-20 July, is all set to lift its curtain this Friday with the Ukrainian premiere of Nicolas BedosLa Belle Époque [+see also:
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, which was screened out of competition at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. Furthermore, the festival will close with the Berlinale title God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija [+see also:
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by Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska.

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With the International Competition and European Documentary Competition already announced (see the news), the OIFF has also confirmed its line-up for the National Competition, in which five features and ten shorts will be vying for awards. In the section for features, all of which are by first-time directors, two will enjoy their world premieres: Cherkasy by Tymur Yashchenko and Eastman by Andy Iva. They will be joined by the Karlovy Vary-awarded My Thoughts Are Silent [+see also:
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by Antonio Lukich, and the documentaries My Father Is My Mother's Brother [+see also:
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by Vadym Ilkov and Projectionist [+see also:
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by Yuriy Shylov.

The members of the National Competition jury are Locarno Film Festival programmer Nicholas Elliott, Polish director-screenwriter Joanna Kos-Krauze and Ukrainian film critic Ivanna Dyadyura.

The non-competitive Festival of Festivals section will feature titles such as the Cannes Palme d'Or winner Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, Pain & Glory [+see also:
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Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
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by Pedro Almodóvar, Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
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by Céline Sciamma and Synonyms [+see also:
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interview: Nadav Lapid
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by Nadav Lapid, while Sorry We Missed You [+see also:
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Q&A: Ken Loach
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by Ken Loach, The Dead Don't Die [+see also:
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by Jim Jarmusch, The Golden Glove [+see also:
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interview: Fatih Akin
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by Fatih Akin and Deerskin [+see also:
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by Quentin Dupieux 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: Markuss by Anton Azarov (Ukraine/Latvia), Arde Madrid by Paco León and Anna R Costa (Spain), The Pleasure Principle by Dariusz Jablonski (Poland/Ukraine/Czech Republic), Mytho by Fabrice Gobert (France), and The Virtues by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne (UK).

Finally, Mike Leigh and Catherine Deneuve will be the honorary guests at the tenth OIFF, and they will also have two mini-retrospectives dedicated to them, where three films by or starring each will be screened. In the Special Screenings programme, the documentaries Varda by Agnès [+see also:
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by Agnès Varda, The Trial [+see also:
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by Sergei Loznitsa and Putin's Witnesses [+see also:
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interview: Vitaly Mansky
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by Vitaly Mansky will get an airing. In addition, Odesa will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Odesa Film Studio, where legendary films that helped shape Ukrainian cinema will be showcased in a special programme entitled “Hollywood by the Black Sea”, organised by the National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Centre.

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