Ukrainian sports drama Pulse won two major nominations at the American Film Festival: Best Film and Best Director. In total, the picture was nominated in four categories:
- Best film – Pulse;
- Best director – Serhiy Chebotarenko;
- Best actress – Natalya Babenko;
- Best actor – Stanislav Boklan.
The movie became the opening picture of the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest in the US. The event was held in Polson (Montana, USA).
Pulse is based on a true story, a promising young Ukrainian track athlete named Oksana might live in a small town, but she has big dreams – to compete in the Olympics. The premiere of the movie in Ukraine was planned for March 19, 2020; however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic it was postponed for 2021.
Meanwhile, the American Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences announced the list of full-length films due to be considered for the 93rd Oscar awards. There are two Ukrainian films on the list.
According to Ukraine's State Film Agency, these films are Atlantis by Valentyn Vasyanovych and The Earth is Blue As An Orange directed by Iryna Tsilyk. They were selected by the Ukrainian Oscar committee as the national contestant for Oscar in the Best Full-Length Film category. Films from 93 countries are included into this category. The overall list includes 238 positions.