The debut short film by Ukrainian director Katya Tsarik Hold Me (Obiymy Mene) was shortlisted for the ARFF Amsterdam International Film Festival.
The ARFF Around Films International Film Festival is held annually in four European cities: Berlin, Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam. Its jury evaluates both feature films and short films, as well as documentaries, music videos, cartoons and commercials.
Tsarik's movie became the only Ukrainian film shortlisted for the film award. It tells of a woman who, waking up one morning, begins to feel lonely without the embrace of her beloved husband. She leaves home for one day and moves around Kyiv in search of a sense of security, but cannot calm her emotional pain.
"We all need hugs. That's what this movie is about," Tsarik describes her work.
Hold Me was shown for the first time at the Molodist Film Festival in Kyiv in June 2021. According to the director, a short story about loneliness will be released on the big screen in the winter of 2022. Whether the movie will be able to win at ARFF Amsterdam, will be known on September 24.
As we reported earlier, Serhiy Loznytsia's documentary film Babi Yar. Context received a special award at the Cannes Film Festival.