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February 9, 2012

Lovers in Kyiv Almanac Tells the World About Ukraine's Contemporary Capital

Kyiv, February 9, 2012. The Ukrainian analogy of the Paris, Je T'aime and New York, I Love You anthology films – Lovers in Kyiv, shows the country’s capital city through the eyes of romantic youngsters. The video stories in the almanac depict various, sometimes unexpected, sides of the lovers’ life in Kyiv: one of the films telling about an old-fashioned retired couple, another – about an enamored arm.

Lovers in Kyiv produced by Volodymyr Khorunzhyy comprises of eight short films by young Ukrainian directors. The almanac premiering today in Ukraine has already received international recognition and a number of awards. It made its way to the top 10 films at the 86th International Film Market festival in Russia. At the festival in Bodega Bay, USA, a short film by Olha Gibelynda, Something, received a special award. Notably, the almanac was first screened at the Monaco International Film Festival in May 2011; shortly after it was demonstrated in Cannes. The debut screenings resulted in the almanac’s being included in the programs of more than 40 film festivals across Europe and the U.S.

“Ukraine cannot boast having renowned directors… That is why we set out for a journey looking for new talents,” commented the producer of the almanac Volodymyr Khorunzhyy in his interview with BBC Ukraine. The eight short films, therefore, were directed by seven young Ukrainian directors: Taras Tkachenko (Flea Waltz), Ilya Vlasov (Three Words), Dennis Gamzinov (Shoes), Olga Gibelinda (Something), Valery Bebko (Lost in the City), Artem Semakin (Bring Back My Love) and Oleg Borshchevsky (Hand and Last Night of December). The actors crew of the almanac, on the other hand, includes such famous actors as: Ada Rogovtseva, Georgiy Hostikoyev, Vitaliy Linetskiy, and representatives of Ukrainian show business: Masha Astafyeva and Ivan Dorn.

Lovers in Kyiv collection tells the stories about love in the big city, family dramas, random romances, search for the old friends. “This is neither a film about the city nor the touristic commercials,” explains Volodymyr Khorunzhyy: “This is a film about Kyivers”. For instance, Taras Tkachenko’s Flea Waltz is a story about the changing world, and the life in Kyiv, as the older generation used to know it. The two people – the elderly characters of the film, however, will resist for as long as they can. Oleg Borshchevsky’s Hand suggests that a man’s arm (literarily depicted in the film) is enough to make a woman happy. Or is it really so?