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Ukrainian movie IZI awarded at Venice Film Festival

IZI feature film is Ukraine’s first official co-production with Italy
15:44, 3 September 2018

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A Ukrainian-Italian movie IZI received Opera Prima award in Kineo Diamanti al Cinema program of the 75th Venice Film Festival and was declared the best debut film of 2017. The film was included in the final-5 of the Italian most prestigious movie award David di Donatello in the categories “Best First-time Director” and “Best actor”. In Ukraine, the movie was nominated in “Viewers’ Choice” category of Golden Dziga award.

Kinéo Movie Diamond Award is the official award of the Venice Film Festival for the movies which combine artistic qualities and success on the international markets. This year, Kinéo marks its 16th anniversary in the Venice Film Festival. The award was established by Italy’s Culture Ministry along with CSC (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia) Award, SNCCI (National Union of Movie critics) and Best Movie magazine.

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IZI feature film is Ukraine’s first official co-production with Italy. The movie was made with the support of Ukraine’s Cinema Committee, Italy’s Culture Ministry and Friuli-Venezia Giulia audiovisual fund (Italy). Fresh Production Group (Ukraine), Bartlebyfilm и Pilgrim Film (Italy) were involved in the production.

Nicola Nocella, Barbara Bouchet, Ostap Stupka, Verokina Shostak and Orest Garda.

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In August 2017 the movie participated in the competition program of the 70th International Film Festival in Locarno-2017 (Switzerland). In late September of 2017 IZI movie took part in the main competition of the 35th Annecy Cinema Italien-2017 (France), where it was awarded with the Jury Grand Prix. In total, the movie got 27 awards and participated in more than 90 film festivals in around 25 countries.

The movie was also presented on the Film Festival in Oostende-2017 (Belgium) and on the 30th Helsinki International Movie Festival “Love and anarchy-2017” (Finland). Besides, it was invited to take part in more than 50 film festivals.

The film is in TOP-10 of La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, rating.

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