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Ukrainian cinema at the Toronto International Film Festival

11 Sep, 2022
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Ukrainian cinema at the Toronto International Film Festival

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Two Ukrainian films in the competition and a focus on Ukrainian producers: the Toronto International Film Festival begins.


Two Ukrainian films are included in the competition programmes of the Toronto International Film Festival 2022 (TIFF ’22), one of the most important film events in North America.

The film "Luxembourg, Luxembourg" will be shown as part of the "Contemporary World Cinema" program. This is the second feature film directed by Antonio Lukich ("My thoughts are silent"). The plot revolves around twin brothers - minibus driver Mykola and policeman Vasyl. They are trying to cope with their own lives in which their long-lost father suddenly appears. The leading roles were performed by the members of the rap group "Kurgan and Agregat" - brothers Ramil and Amil Nasirov.

The short documentary film "Liturgy of Anti-Tank Obstacles" is presented in the Short Cuts program. The picture tells about Ukrainians who temporarily changed their profession and wanted to be useful to Ukraine during the war with Russia. Director Dmytro Suholytkyi-Sobchuk made the film after his full-length debut "Pamfir" premiere this year at the "Directors' Fortnight" of the Cannes Film Festival. The production of "Liturgy of Anti-Tank Obstacles" was financed by one of the world's most popular publications, The New Yorker.

Also, a separate event will be dedicated to Ukrainians in the festival's industry section - "Spotlight on Ukrainian Producers". During the event, there will be a conversation with 5 producers of recent festival hits, who are actively working on new projects despite Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine. Daria Bassel ("Butterfly Vision", 2022), Volodymyr Yatsenko ("Luxembourg, Luxembourg", 2022), Ihor Savichenko ("Painted Bird", 2019), Valeriya Sochivets ("Blinched Eyes") will take part in the discussion. , 2020), Yehor Olesov ("The Price of Truth", 2019).

The Spotlight on Ukrainian Producers event is organized by the Industry Section of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF Industry) in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and the Arthouse Traffic film company.

The Toronto International Film Festival is one of North America's most significant film events and the world's most significant public film review. This year, the festival will take place on September 8-18, 2022.


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