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Ukraine at the Cannes Film Festival

Ukrainian directors won the first prize of the Festival’s short film competition program twice over the last 6 years.

In 2011 the Ukrainian film director Maryna Vroda received the main prize of the Film Festival – Palme d’Or – for the best short film. The 15-minute motion picture Kross (cross-country race – ed.) was a joint French-Ukrainian project.

The film is based on the author’s memories of the physical education lessons. The movie that was shot within one week and cost its producers about EUR 3,500. Production involved only non-professional actors. The Ukrainian film was competing against 1500 other contenders.

The Kross’ director Maryna Vroda is a 29 year-old graduate of the Kaprenko-Karyi National University, the major art education university in Ukraine. In 2010 Maryna worked as an assistant to the director Serhiy Loznitsya during the production of his film Shastya Moye (My Joy) that was featured in the main competition program of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in 2010.

In 2005 Palme d’Or was presented to the Ukrainian director Igor Strembitsky for his short film Podorozhni (Wayfarers).

The budget of the production of the 10-minute documentary Wayfarers is estimated at USD 1,875. The movie that won Palme d’Or for Ukraine for the first time ever features retired actors staying in a mental institution.