The screenings and networking events are organised by the Ukrainian Institute as part of the bilateral Cultural Year Austria-Ukraine 2019 in partnership with the Arthouse Traffic.
The screenings started with the networking party Ukrainian Aperitivo, attended by Ukrainian film experts, who live in Austria, Austrian cinephiles, and journalists. This is one of the key formats in the cinema world, as it provides a unique platform for communication between directors, producers, media representatives, critics, and film audience.
The programme features the four latest award-winning Ukrainian movies of a diverse genre:
"Homeward" is a drama film debut by director Nariman Aliyev. The world premiere of the movie took place at the special programme of the Cannes Film Festival. In Ukraine, the film was awarded the "Golden Duke" Grand Prix of the Odesa Film Festival, awarded by the results of the audience voting.
Dystopia "Atlantis" by Valentyn Vasyanovych who won the Horizons Venice Film Festival programme. "Atlantis" was also featured in the Contemporary World Cinema programme of the Toronto International Film Festival and as a part of the showcase for international selectors and distributors by the Ukrainian Institute and the Odesa Film Festival.
The comedy "My Thoughts Are Quiet" is a feature film directed by Antonio Lukich. The film was first screened at the East of West section of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and awarded the Special Jury Prize.
The documentary "Dad – Mom's Brother" by Vadym Ilkov, which premiered at the European documentary film festival "Visions du Réel" in Switzerland.
"We showed a fun movie about a dysfunctional family in a serious, prosperous Vienna," director Antonio Lukich shares his impressions of his film screening to the Vienna audience, "and despite my low expectations, the viewers' response to the problems and adventures of our heroes was very lively!
Symbolically, the screening took place at the ancient Urania theatre, the former planetarium. Due to its similarity to Ukraine, it might have seemed to some viewers that it was not the name of an institution, but simply a mistake in the ticket. However, the show went very well. And the Q&A session was even cooler. I tried to give untrivial answers to even the most obvious questions. And I hope no one got offended."
"For the first time, Ukraine is presented with a separate programme at Viennale, the largest Austrian film festival. It annually screens the biggest festival hits of the second half and the most anticipatedpremiers of the upcoming season. Almost all the films are debuts, awarded at the most prestigious forums, will soon appear on the big screens in Ukraine. The movies show different regions of our country: Kyiv, Zakarpattia, Crimea, and dystopian Donbas. They speak different genres and languages. The full hall at yesterday's screening proves that they speak very convincingly and clearly for the Austrian viewer," says Natalya Movshovych, cinema manager at the Ukrainian Institute.