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28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.

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Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.

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Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.

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Kyiv Kino

Go Short or Go Home

A five-day festival of shorts from around the globe awaits this week with the Kyiv International Short Film Festival, better known by its rather long acronym KISFF. Want to know more about Edmond the donkey or why Attack of the Brainsucker is dubbed a hilarious thriller? Youll have to get tickets.
According to organisers, the Kyiv International Short Film Festival is bringing in more 200-world shorts.

With a competition programme indubitably included in the programme, some pretty big international stars in world cinema will be touching down in Kyiv for a few days to judge the entries. One of them is Romanian Eva Pervolovici. We talk to the young director making waves for her own shorts to find out about life, cinema and the Ukrainian filmmaking horizon.

What was it that drew you to film and when?
When I was little, I enjoyed writing short stories and imagined they were film scenes. At around 12 or 13, my father bought me a primitive VH8 camera. I started by filming my family and our strange house.

One bio of yours reads, the heteroclite work of Eva carries always the same intention: to make visible the subjectivity by leaving surrealism arise in everyday situations. Tell me what that means for you.
Thats something that always interested me, from when I was little, in drawings and writings even before film: how strange the world isaround us, how it can be absurd or surrealist. I like the mix between very realistic situations or environments and the craziness of our normal life.

What film of yours is your favourite so far and why?
Its hard to say; I always like the last one I do. So far, of course, Im happy about my feature film, the one I showed in Berlin, shot in Paris and is 80% Russian language. One of my favourite short films is LubaBen, a 30-minute film, which was shown in competition in Rotterdam. I did it with people that are very dear to me: a Belarusian actress, a French artist, a very small crew of close friends and no money.

You are coming to Kyiv as jury member for the KISFF have you been to Ukraine before?
I have never been to Kyiv, but as Im from Romania, I have heard a lot about it, we are neighbours!

What are your expectations regarding filmmaking in Ukraine?
I think its an emerging country in terms of the filmmaking world there are many talented directors. I know there is a young Ukrainian director currently in Cinefondation in Paris right now. So Im very curious to discover this cinematic universe.

KISFF
24 28 April
Kinopanorama (Shota Rustaveli 19), 287-3041
Atmasfera 360 (V Vasylkivska 57/3), 229-0193
Schedule Highlights

24 April
17.00 Festival Hits Block I
The Curse by Fyzal Boulifa (UK, 2012, 16 ′)
19.00 Star Shorts (w/ world stars appearances)
The Voorman Problem by Mark Gill (UK, 2011, 15 ′)
20.00 Modern Italian Animation
21.00 Ukrainian Festival Hits (prestigious Ukrainian films)

25 April
17.00 Festival Hits Block II
Edmond Was a Donkey by Franck Dion (France/Canada, 2012, 15 ′)
19.00 Official Festival Opening
19.30 Programme Competition Block I
Big Willow by Jared Katsiane (US, 2013, 10 ′)
20.00 Oksana Chepelyk Retrospective, Q&A
20.00 Futurism (shorts featuring utopia and the apocalypse)
Archipelago Science Fiction by Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (Finland, 2012, 15 ′)
21.00 Hot Shorts (Spanish and Italian)
Eskiper by Pedro Collantes (Spain, 2012, 14 ′)

26 April
17.00 Ukrainian Panorama (national competition)
19.00 Programme Competition Block II
Herr Schulz Sets Sail by Frank Mueller (Germany, 2012, 21 ′)
21.00 Dark Side (horror films with a little humour thrown in for good measure)
Attack of the Brainsucker by Sid Zanforlin (Canada, 2012, 14 ′)

27 April
13.00 Iran Film School
Barbie by Ali Asgari (iran 2012, 13 ′)
15.00 Amour (love stories from different countries)
You Before by Anin Galish (Germany, 2012, 15 ′)
17.00 Russian Panorama
Chippendale by Kamalia Safina (Russia, 2012, 16 ′)
19.00 Competition Programme Block III
Land of My Dreams by Juan Gonzalez (Portugal/France, 2012, 20 ′)
21.00 Sweet Sixteen (teenagers, parties, sex)
Erdbeerland by Florian Pochlatko (Austria, 2012, 32 ′)
21.00 Terra Incognito (films from countries where there is no film industry)
Last Day of the Year by Ying Ting Tseng (Taiwan, 2012, 30 ′)
22.30 Avant-garde world Animation
The Button by Eva Miskinyte (Latvia, 2012, 5 ′)

28 April
11.00 Just for Kids (films for kids and their parents)
13.00 Political Dress (a new look at a subtle political game)
15.00 Greek Breakthrough (panorama of Greek film)
17.00 Womens Secret (films for and about women)
19.00 Official Closing Ceremony (awards and winners)
21.00 Audience Choice (best films according to audience)
21.00 Turkish Sweets (panorama of Turkish films)

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    Ukraine Truth
    Rights We Didnt Know We Had

    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.


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    Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.

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