In Odesa, the international film festival has begun. In the competition program – 12 full-length films from 18 countries, domestic cinema is represented by five full-length films and ten short films.
During the 9 festival days, guests of OIFF will be able to see more than 100 films, attend master classes, creative meetings with special guests, as well as two events at the unique location – the Potemkin Stairs, where it is planned to set a record of the largest number of viewers in the open air.
In particular, on July 13 in this location, there will be a screening of a cult film Cossacks (1928) produced by MGM and accompanied by a symphony orchestra. On July 19, the audience will see a unique musical media performance-opera “Stairway to…” by Vlad Toitsky. This show is created especially for the jubilee of the Odesa International Film Festival.
Among the star guests are well-known British theater and cinema director Mike Lee and favorite of many cinema fans – French actress Catherine Deneuve.
The festival will be held under the auspice of equality and support for women in the business and film industry. The initiative will be supported by the American actress, well-known women’s rights activist Rose McGowan.
In this context, there will be a screening of documentary film Untouchable directed by a four-time BAFTA nominee Ursula MacFarlane. The film tells about the bright ascent of the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in the world of cinema, about the price of power and popularity he achieved. And, of course, about his disappearance from the film industry due to allegations of sexual harassment.
The OIFF will end on July 20 with the announcement of the winners of the competition programs.