In another sign of the Ukrainian people’s continued resilience and determination, the fifth annual National Circle of Ukrainian Film Critics Award, dubbed Kinokolo, continued its ceremony on Thursday, despite an ongoing war in the country.
The ceremony took place in a bunker in Kyiv and was broadcast live on national public television channel Suspilne Kultura from the underground studio, remarkably just days after Russian airstrikes targeted key infrastructure in the capital and destroyed 30% of the country’s power plants, according to the president. Volodymyr Zelensky.
Local film critics have recognized projects such as Dmytro Sukholytkyi-Sobchuk’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title Pamfirby Maryna Er Horbach Klondike and Natalka Vorozhbyt Are you OK?
Pamfira drama about a man facing corruption in a small town in western Ukraine after returning from a job abroad, won the most awards, winning best feature film and best director and best screenwriter for Sukholytkyi-Sobchuk as well as the discovery of the year award for best first feature film.
Actress Oksana Cherkashyna received the Best Actress award for her lead role in Klondikehis second statuette after winning for bad roads in 2020. from Vorozhbyt Are you OK?about a Ukrainian woman traumatized by the war in Europe won the prize for best short film while Oleksii Radynsky Infinite: According to Florianabout the legendary architect of Kyiv Florian Yuriev, won the prize for best documentary.
Kinokolo, which opened Kyiv Critics’ Week, was established in 2018 as an annual award to highlight the achievements of Ukrainian film and film industry personalities on behalf of the film critic community from the country. The previous years, Stop-Zemlia, Atlantis, Return and Donbass were named best films of the year.
It has been more than seven months since Russian President Vladimir Putin began his invasion of Ukraine with an estimated 8 million internally displaced people and 7.7 million refugees having already fled the country. Those who remained defended their country fiercely. This week, the country is bracing for continued blackouts after Russia’s continued attacks on its energy facilities.
Ukraine’s film industry has worked tirelessly to mobilize their country’s support to ensure their voices and stories are not forgotten and has also widely called on major film festivals to boycott Russian-backed projects.
Here is the full list of Kinokolo winners:
Best Feature Film – Pamfirdirector Dmytro Sukholytkyi-Sobchuk, producers Oleksandra Kostina, Yevheniia Yatsuta, Artem Koliubaiev, Aliona Timochenko, Laura Briand, Bohdana Shevchyk, Claudia Smeya-Rostvorovska, Giancarlo Nasi, Adolf El-Assal, Silvana Santamaria
Best Short Film – Are you OK? director Natalka Vorozhbyt, producers Denys Krupnov, Natalka Vorozhbyt
Best Documentary – Infinite: According to Floriandirector Oleksii Radynskyi, producers Liuba Knorozok
Best Animated Film – WIR, EUROPEdirectors Maryna Stepanska, Anna Dudko, producer Halyna Shyian
discovery of the year – Pamfirdirector Dmytro Sukholytkyi-Sobchuk
Best Director – Dmytro Sukholytkyi-Sobchuk (Pamfir)
Best actor – Oleksandr Yatsentiuk (Pamfir)
Best Actress – Oksana Cherkashnya (Klondike)
Best Screenplay – Dmytro Sukholytkyi-Sobchuk (Pamfir)
For achievements to Ukrainian authors of works on Ukrainian or foreign cinema –Stanislav Bytiutskyi, Aliona Penzii, Oleksandr Teliuk for the cycle of film screenings Odd, Chimera, Fantastic
Special rewards – Dmytro “Orest” Kozatskyi, Mantas Kvedaravicius