Molodist Film Festival Gearing Up for Its 41st Edition

More than 200 films will be screened at the event, which runs from Oct. 22-30.

MOSCOW– The 41st edition of the international film festival Molodist is set to kick off in Kiev on Oct. 22.

More than 200 movies are to be screened at the festival, which has been around since Soviet times, focusing primarily on works by young filmmakers. The competition part consists of three programs: directors’ first features, short films and student films.

Among the highlights of the feature competition program are the French/German/Polish/Ukrainian co-production Land of Oblivion (La terre outragee), directed by Michale Boganim, A Family of Three (Tage die bleiben ) by German director Pia Strietmann, Facing Mirrors (Ayneh-ha-ye rouberou) by Iran’s Negar Azarbayjani, Suicide Room (Sala samobojcow) by Polish director Jan Komasa and the Swiss film The Little Room (La petite chambre ), directed by Stephanie Chuat and Veronique Reymond.

The festival is to feature several retrospectives, including that of works by Maya Deren, who was born in Kiev and later immigrated with her family to the United States where she became known as an independent experimental film director.

The Boat Meeting co-production market, a major regional industry event organized in cooperation with the Baltic Event for East, Media International and EAVE, is to run under the auspices of the festival on Oct. 25-26. This year, it will feature nine projects from the Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia and Ukraine.

The international jury of the feature competition is this year headed by Ukrainian writer Oksana Zabuzhko. The winners of the festival’s prizes, including the Grand Prix, the Scythian Deer, which comes with a $10,000 cash prize, are to be announced at the closing ceremony on Oct. 30.