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5th Ukrainian Film Festival 'Ukraine in Focus'

By Mariam Chanishvili
Friday, May 10
The 5th Ukrainian Film Festival 'Ukraine in focus' took place in Tbilisi on May 2-5.

The festival was opened with a movie 'The Wild Fields' (2018) by director Yaroslav Lodygin.

The Wild Fields is a film based on Serhiy Zhadan’s novel 'Voroshylovhrad.' Its genre is eastern. The film was developed by LIMELITE Production in collaboration with TV Channel Ukraine, Media Group Ukraine, Ukrainian State Film Agency and a Swiss production studio 'Film Brut.'

Workshops for kids from famous Ukrainian actors Irma Vitovska and Daria Polunina took place.

Special program for children was offered within the frames of the festival: 'Adventures of S Nicholas' (directed by Semen Gorov, 2018) and 'Morshyn’s 11' (directed by Arkadii Nepytaliuk, 2019).

'Adventures of S Nicholas,' Ukrainian family comedy was released in December.

Other films screened include 'The Gateway' (feature film by director Volodymyr Tikhiy, 2017), 'Volcano'(Feature film by director Roman Bondarchuk, 2018), 'When the trees fall' (directed by Marysya Nikitiuk, 2018) and selection of short films - winners of Odessa International Film Festival.

"Ukrainian Film Festival will be held in Tbilisi for already for the 5th time, and every year this extraordinary event is visited by movie fans of different age and nationality.

This year, modern films of various genres were selected, and we hope that each attendant will have an opportunity to watch the show in which he/she is interested, familiarize with the world of the Ukrainian films and take something special from the festival,” said Maria Moskalenko, organizer of the event.

English and Georgian subtitles accompanied the films.

The festival was organized by FX Film Georgia and JS Films. The event will be held with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, State Agency of Cinema of Ukraine, Embassy of Ukraine in Georgia, Tbilisi City Hall, Georgian National Film Center, and Odessa International Film Festival.