The new collection of the Ukrainian New Wave project features films by young filmmakers who mash reality and illusion, different genres and keys, looking for and finding new modes of cinematic language and implementing them on the screen. The collection is deeply psychological, yet mixed with irony. These films can not boast entirely successful characters – they are a kind of a reflection on the phenomenon of loserdom. Here, the characters are not afraid to admit defeat or create phantom worlds where they grow wings, like the lonely heroine of the Ukrainian-French animation film Swan; or where the traces of war remain only on the synthetic snow and where there is always a way out in the style of Saint-Exupéry, as in animation film Attraction. The elderly couple from the Scandinavian-ish absurd black comedy Not today also suffer daily setbacks – they fail to die. The main character of the film Say Corn! is preparing for her entrance exam to an acting school with the zeal of a young boxer getting ready for a decisive battle. With the same enthusiasm, the heroine of the romantic sketch The Cello is bringing her instrument to a meeting of her dreams and her chance companion is feeding her tall tales about his life. The documentary about the “milestone baby” Kim Kuzin with the playful smile of young Leonardo DiCaprio reflects on the Soviet tradition of creating media figures of children-heroes, whose fate was often far from enviable. This collection demonstrates how a succession of failures can in one moment turn into a real cinematic success.
The Ukrainian New Wave is a project presenting the best short films made by Ukrainian debutant directors in the current year. Initiated by Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center in 2012, it is traditionally held every year in December, presenting in the national release the best debut short films by young Ukrainian directors, which were specially selected and won awards at national and international film festivals.
The films taking part in the fourth New Wave:
SAY CORN!, 15’
Written and directed by Valeria Kalchenko
Cinematography by Ihor Ivanko
Starring Martha Kossakowska, Maria Khomutova, Alla Serhiiko
Genre: drama, comedy
What if Rocky Balboa was a Polish girl, with a speech impediment and only 152 cm tall, dreaming to study at a theatrical university in Kyiv? Meet Veronika Klieshnia – she will teach you how to become successful.
Special Award at Odessa International Film Festival and a Special Award from Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center within the Prologue Student Film Festival-2015.
Written and directed by Oleksandr Danylenko
Our souls are like swans. There is only one true love in our life. And that love is stronger than distance or time. Not even the boundary between worlds can stop it.
Nominee in the National Competition ofOdessa International Film Festival-2015
NOT TODAY, 19’
Directed by Khrystyna Syvolap
Cinematography by Diana Olifirova
Starring Volodymyr Zadniprovskyi, Alla Sokolova
Grandpa Lyosha and Grandma Khrystya decided to die together on the same day. However, the old man keeps finding new reasons to put off this event. It becomes clear that he has come up with a sort of a plan. The old man will have to resort to desperate measures to implement it and to convince the old woman to postpone the day they die.
Nominee in the National Competition of the Molodist-2015 International Film Festival and Odessa International Film Festival-2015
On a beautiful autumn day, a man and a woman meet in the middle of a Crimean steppe. This chance meeting was preceded by a succession of events that we only learn of at the end of their journey.
Best Screenplay Award at the Molodist-2015 International Film Festival
WHO SET UP KIM KUZIN?, 26’
Written and directed by Antonio Lukić
Cinematography by Anton Borysiuk
Genre: comedy, documentary
Kim Kuzin was once a very famous character in the USSR. In 1974, he was born a milestone four billionth baby and from the moment of his birth become a symbol of all the children of the USSR. In this documentary, we try to find Kim Kuzin today for a historical interview.
Audience Award at the Prologue Student Film Festival-2015.