Ukraine's Odessa Film Fest Unveils Lineup

'Saul fia (Son of Saul)' by Hungarian director László Nemes is to be screened in the non-competition section.

Ukraine's main film festival to screen Cannes and Berlin winners alongside local fare.

Odessa International Film Festival, Ukraine's main film event, which is to run in the seaside resort city of Odessa from July 10-18, has announced its lineup. The festival is to screen several titles from this year's editions of Cannes and Berlin.

Among the main selection's 12 films are H. by U.S. directors Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, the winner of the Someone to Watch Award at the Independent Spirit Awards; The High Sun by Croatia's Dalibor Matanic, which won Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes and another Cannes film, Embrace of the Serpent, by Colombian director Ciro Guerra, which won the C.I.C.A.E. Award.

Saul fia (Son of Saul) by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, the winner of Cannes' Grand Prize of the Jury, is to be screened in the non-competition section Festival of Festivals alongside Cialo (Body) by Poland's Małgorzata Szumowska, the winner of the best director's Silver Bear at the Berlin international film festival.

The jury is to be headed by Jeanne Labrune, a French Cannes-winning film director, screenwriter and producer, also featuring Polish producer Dariusz Jablonski, Berlinale-winning Serbian director Srdjan Dragojevic and Ukrainian documentary filmmaker Sergiy Bukovsky.

The festival is to also feature national competitions for Ukrainian features and shorts.

The event faced serious financial problems last year, when state funding was denied. This year, its finances remain precarious.

According to executive producer Julia Sinkevych, the state film agency didn’t provide any funding for this edition either, but Odessa's municipal authorities threw in 1 million hryvnias ($46,440).

"The situation has not improved this year because of the overall difficult economic situation in Ukraine," Sinkevych told The Hollywood Reporter. "But we are doing whatever we can to ensure that the festival runs at an adequate level, also thanks to our partners that realize its importance for Odessa and Ukraine."

 

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