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President of Odesa Film Festival Victoria Tyhypko
The 8th International Film Festival took place on Friday, July 14, in Odesa. Participants and guests of the festival walked along the red carpet - a favorite part of the ceremony of all local media, which repeatedly and with pleasure discussed the outfits of Ukrainian celebrities at previous festivals. This year, the president of the festival Victoria Tyhypko, 10 days before the opening, made an appeal on Facebook, and thanked in advance everyone who follows the black tie dress code of the ceremony. "This is very important for us, as the solemn opening and closing ceremonies have already become an important component of the OIFF, and this is a sign of respect for the representatives of the film industry and their hard work!", Tyhypko wrote on her page. And, in general, she reached out to the public: there were almost no real freaks, the men looked mostly reserved, the ladies, as they should, were magnificent.
Victoria Tyhypko with her husband
The hosts of the ceremony at the Odesa Opera and Ballet Theater were Oleg Panyuta and Yanina Sokolova, who invited the honorary guests of the festival to the scene: the head of the state cinema agency of Ukraine Philipe Ilenko, the chairman of the Odesa regional council Anatoly Urbansky, the Mayor of Odesa Hennady Trukhanov. Mykhailo Zhvanetsky, who delivered a speech, was rather brief, but as always bright and humble. The audience greeted the beloved satirist with an ovation. Victoria Tygypko voiced the main figures of the OIFF, confirming the rapid dynamics of Ukrainian cinema and the public interest in these works. And Odesa Film Festival is an important stage in popularization of local film product and its further promotion to the foreign market. In addition, the several compositions of extravagant and invariably beautiful Dakh Daughters were played on the scene.
Head of the state cinema agency of Ukraine Philipe Ilenko with his wife
The opening ceremony was crowned with screening of the film "Just To Be Sure" by the French director Carine Tardieu. Prior to the career of filmmaker Carine Tardieu studied psychology, and this is inevitably reflected in her films. "Just To Be Sure" is a complex, if not confusing, family drama where the protagonist at the age of 45 learns that his father is not his own, and the girl he recently fell in love with is the daughter of his biological father. In addition, his own daughter is pregnant, and does not know from whom.
Producer Yana Altukhova and documentary director Stanislav Hurenko with his girlfriend
The film made a different impression on the audience: someone pretty soon left the hall, and someone (and there were a lot of them) then enthusiastically spoke about it on Facebook. But it was definitely striking: unlike the previous opening ceremonies, when the bored spectator spent half the screening looking at his phone, this year there was not any ray of light from the phone screens in the hall. And this is another obvious advantage and generally the strength of the festival: it not only helps the development of Ukrainian cinema, it educates the public, affects the taste and aesthetics of perception. And this is a very important point. Culture in general and cinematography in particular again become an important element in the self-awareness of modern Ukrainians.
Oleh Filimonov with his wife
Dakh Daughters band
Mayor of Odesa Hennady Trukhanov with his family
Editor-in-Chief of ELLE magazine Sonia Zabuha with her companions
Opera singer Maria Maksakova
The host of the opening ceremony Yanina Sokolova
Actor Dmytro Stupka with his wife
Members of the Jury: Rimma Zyubina, Yevhen Halperin, Sibel Kekilli and the head of the jury Christian Petzold
Mykhailo Zhvanetsky with his wife