– Il raduno dedicato al regista ucraino Ivan Mykolaychuk avrà luogo dal 15 al 19 giugno e sarà il primo festival cinematografico in presenza in Ucrainae la guerra
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From June 15 to 19, Chernivtsi will host the Mykolaychuk OPEN Festival of Spectator Filmdedicated to what would have been the legendary filmmaker’s 81st birthday Ivan Mykolaychukdied in 1987. The event will bring together the latest Ukrainian films that have not yet been released domestically and will also feature a retrospective program.
The opening movie is House “Slovo”. unfinished novel by Taras Tomenko. This is the Ukrainian premiere of the film, which premiered last year at the 37th Warsaw International Film Festival. House “Slovo”. unfinished novel tells the story of one of the greatest crimes perpetrated by the Soviet government: the destruction of a powerful artistic movement that emerged in 1920-1930 in Kharkiv. The most famous artists in the world of Ukrainian culture lived in 66 apartments in a house called “Slovo”: Mykola Khvylovy, Mike Johansen, Pavlo Tychyna, Natalia Uzhviy, Volodymyr Sosyura, Ostap Vyshnya, Oles Kurbas, Ivan Bagryany and d’ others. This intelligentsia, gathered in one place, was repressed, shot or forced to become a party singer in the years that followed.
“We are incredibly lucky to open the festival with House “Slovo”. unfinished novel, and we are happy that the producers come to meet us. It is important to remember that we are fighting not only for our freedom and our territorial integrity, but also for our culture. We persevere and actively participate in cultural diplomacy, despite all the adverse circumstances,” commented the festival organizers, producer Oleksiy Gladushevsky and programmer Alex Malychenko.
On Ivan Mykolaychuk’s birthday, June 15, viewers got to see his directorial work So late, so hot fall (1981) on the big screen. This love story was included in the list of 100 best Ukrainian films of all time. The main female role was played by Halina Sulimawho presented the photo to the public.
The following day, June 16, is dedicated to the memory of the Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaraviciusdied at the hands of Russian occupiers in Mariupol in April 2022. Visitors to Mykolaychuk OPEN will be able to see his documentary Mariupolis [+leggi anche:
intervista: Mantas Kvedaravicius
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intervista: Mantas Kvedaravičius
scheda film] (2019), the only fiction feature film directed by Kvedaravičius, will be broadcast. The films will be presented by the producers of the project Anna Palenchuk (for Mariupolis) and Natalia Libet (for Parthenon).
Ivan Mykolaychuk is a legendary Ukrainian filmmaker who was a symbol of the country’s poetic cinema. He starred in iconic films such as Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by Sergei Parajanov, has written several screenplays and made several films as a director. This date is celebrated every year in Chernivtsi, but this is the first year that Mykolaychuk’s birthday has become so popular.
“The idea for the festival came from the Ivan Mykolaychuk Cultural and Art Center, a former cinema that was renovated a year ago. I jumped on the bandwagon and soon realized, together with my colleague Oleksiy Gladushevsky, that Mykolaychuk’s intention was to organize a “spectator” friendly film festival for the public. After all, at one time Ivan Mykolaychuk was truly a national filmmaker.
“Holding a film festival during hostilities is another adventure. We set up a program and organized everything in a month and a half, while our colleagues, for example, from Docudays UA Film Festival moved the screenings of its national competition to Krakowand the Odessa International Film Festival did the same with Warsaw. We support these decisions, but at the same time we understand that this does not solve a particular problem: the new Ukrainian cinema can now be seen everywhere in Europe, but not in Ukraine. So we decided to put on the first offline festival of new Ukrainian cinema during the war with a focus on the audience, but first we made sure it would be as safe as possible (there is a shelter in the premises of the Ivan Mykolaychuk Centre).
“Our concept of a ‘spectator’ film festival opens up many avenues for us in the future, and some of them are not covered by any of the large existing Ukrainian film festivals. We hope that as an event we will now open every year and that when the war is over, we can also contribute to building bridges between Ukrainian and world cinema,” said Alex Malyshenko.
Fundraising is also underway to help the crew members of the films featured in the line-up who are currently serving in the armed forces. The event is supported by Chernivtsi city council, Chernivtsi regional council and Bucovina film commission.