At this years Cannes International Film Festival Ukraine will be represented by Myroslav Slaboshpitskiy’s Tribe, Serhiy Loznitsa’s Maidan, restored The Color of Pomegranates by Serhiy Parajanov, as well as five short films. Parajanov’s work will compete in the official selection of the festival. The 2014 festival is taking place on May 14 to 25.
Feature film Tribe, Myroslav Slaboshpitskiy’s debut work, will be presented at the Week of Criticism, alternative program of the festival. The experimental piece was filmed in the genre of the silent movie of the XXI century; all the parts are played by deaf amateur actors. Moreover, the Tribe will compete for the Golden Camera award for the best debut at both official and alternative programs.
A new feature-length documentary by Serhiy Loznitsa, Maidan (The Square) will be screened as a special event in the official program. The film is dedicated to recent protest movement in Kyiv – Euromaidan. The piece was filmed without funding, using a single camera, and with an assistance of audio operator.
Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates, one of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, according to the IMDb, will compete in the official program of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The 1968 film tells a story of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song). “We see the poet grow up, fall in love, enter a monastery and die, but these incidents are depicted in the context of what the images from Sergei Parajanov’s imagination and Sayat Nova’s poems are, poems that are seen and rarely heard,” reads imdb.com.
Three Ukrainian short films will be presented at the Short Film Corner: Simple Things by Oleksandr Ratiy, Yin and What to Do with It by Myroslava Khoroshun, Subscriber by Oksana and Maryna Artemenko. Moreover, the audience and the jury will enjoy two films created in co-production: Love Changes by Jane Kapriss (USA/Ukraine), and Balazher. Adjustment to Reality(Balazher. Korrekturen der Wirklichkeit) by Lesia Kordonets (Switzerland/Ukraine).
At the Ukrainian pavilion, which will open for the seventh time this year, modern Ukrainian cinema will be presented by finalized projects, as well as by works in various stages of production. Apart from Loznitsa’s piece on Maidan, the theme of the protest will be presented by Vavilon’13, Black Book of Maidan. Student Almanac; additionally, a number of documentary chronicles of Hromadske TV will be screened at the pavilion.