A press conference of the 9th Odessa International Film Festival was held On Thursday, June 14, in Odessa and the program of the event was revealed.

This year, 12 feature films from 19 countries (including countries of co-production) were selected for the competition programs, including the USA, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Romania, France, Colombia. The selection committee selected them from over 1,000 submitted films.

For the first time OIFF will open with a film made with the participation of Ukraine in co-production with France and Iceland – “Woman in War”. This movie tells the story of Icelandic eco-activist Hella, who goes to Ukraine to adopt a little girl. The film was well received at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Potemkin Steps will again become a cinema venue. On the second day of the festival there will be an open-air screening of a film from the silent era. This time it’s “Safety Last”, with the main role played by Harold Lloyd. The film is best known for the scene where Lloyd’s character hangs over the city on the clock’s hand.

Five films from the country will be presented to the 70th anniversary of Israeli cinema. Traditionally, world cinema hits and recognized works of cinema art will be shown within the framework of the “Festival of Festivals” section, and films of Ukrainian directors – in the Ukrainian retrospective. Also, the program of the film festival will present a picture of the director Kira Muratova, who recently passed away. At the press conference, her memory was honored and applauded.

“We are grateful to the organizers of the festival for their tremendous work and social orientation of the film festival, open-airs, free screenings, children’s program, master classes for actors, all of which will raise the level of professionalism and give new opportunities,” the director of the World Club of Odessites Elena Pavlova said at a press conference.

A special page on the site of the Odessa Film Festival is dedicated to the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who’s illegally detained in Russian prison and began a hunger strike demanding the release of Ukrainian political prisoners. The European Film Academy, the German Film Academy, the National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine, Amnesty International, Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach, Johnny Depp and other famous people from the world of cinema expressed support to Sentsov. The #FreeSentsov campaign is currently ongoing in Ukraine and many countries around the world.

Odessa Film Festival will be held from 13 to 22 July

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