Toronto Ukrainian Film Days 2019
The third Ukrainian Film Days will commence on August 30, and will feature Canadian premieres of a special selection of Ukrainian films.
More films are being made in Ukraine now than at any time in its 28-year history of independence. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Cabinet of Canada recently signed an agreement about the joint production of audiovisual works. This will allow creating officially co-produced films and will facilitate the process of joint production.
This weekend five films from the best recent releases are coming to Toronto!
Ukrainian Film Days will open with the ostern “The Wild Fields” - an adaptation of the cult noel “Voroshilovgrad” by Serhiy Zhadan.
Sergiy Loznycya’s film “Donbas” will return to Canada after its North American premiere at the 43rd TIFF. The satirical drama about the events in Eastern Ukraine was created in co-production between Germany, Ukraine, the Netherlands, France, and Romania.
The musical “Hutsulka Ksenya” will also be shown in Toronto, which is based on the Yaroslav Barnich operetta of the same name. The story of love between a Hutsulka and a Ukrainian American was warmly received in Japan - the film earned a Grand Prix at the Mt. Fuji-Atami Film and VR Festival in Tokyo.
The tragicomedy “Volcano” tells the story of an OSCE interpreter who goes to the Crimea border on a monitoring mission. The world premiere of this film by Roman Bondarchuk, a work that is a joint production with Germany, took place as part of the East of the West competition program in Karlovy Vary.
The Ukrainian Film Days programming features also a Ukrainian animation hit, a fantasy adventure “The Stolen Princess” (children movie) by the Animagrad studio.
Ukrainian Film Days in Toronto will be held August 30 - September 1 at the Carlton Cinema. The event is presented by the Ukrainian State Film Agency, the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada, and the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada, Toronto.
The event precedes the 44th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).