Ukrainian film “Forever-Forever” directors Anna Buryachkova received the main prize of the 33rd International Film Festival Cottbus (Cottbus, Germany).
This was announced on the festival’s website.
The jury of the festival decided to award the main prize to Buryachkova’s film “for a gripping coming-of-age story that portrays the upheaval in the Eastern Bloc in the 1990s in an authentic, poignant and well-constructed manner.”
The film will also receive a prize of 25,000 euros.
|Anna Buryachkova at the award ceremony|
In the comment UP. Culture Anna Buryachkova said that winning in Cottbus is an honor for the “Forever-Forever” team: “Winning and being recognized at the biggest Eastern European film festival is a great honor and this moment was very emotional for me for many reasons. First of all, it’s about the fact that my team and I made a film that evokes emotions and deserves to be visible and loud.”.
The director added that now the victory at the festival for Ukrainian filmmakers is a symbol of the fact that our culture is present on world platforms. “Secondly, once we all rejoiced at international festivals and awards from a rather selfish artistic point of view, but now each such platform means that our voices are heard and represented, that our culture is present in the world space, and we can interact with it more loudly on all steps“, Buryachkova says.
|The director of “Forever-forever” with an award. Photo: Natalia Libet|
“Forever-Forever” – the feature-length debut of the director of the famous music video maker Anna Buryachkova. The premiere of the film took place at the 80th Venice Film Festival in September of this year. The film competed for an award in the Orizzonti Extra special program.
According to the plot, the main character Tonya (Alina Cheban) moves from a school in the city center to a school in a residential area. Here she falls into the company of teenagers looking for trouble on the outskirts of post-socialist Kyiv. And later on to a love triangle: she falls in love with Zhurik (Zachary Shadrin) and feels attracted to the brother of her friend Sani (Artur Aliyev).
“It really is a love song dedicated to the teenagers of the 90s. A movie about teenagers, but for those who have already grown up, but have not grown up“, Buryachkova said UP. Culture before the premiere in Venice.
In September, the film was nominated for the Sixth National Film Critics’ Award “Kinokol” in the “Opening of the Year” category.
International Film Festival in Cottbus (Film Festival Cottbus) is one of the most famous Eastern European film festivals in the world. It was launched in 1991.
This year, the festival was held from November 7 to 12. Four Ukrainian films entered his competitions: “Forever-Forever” directed by Anna Buryachkova, “Lessons of tolerance” directed by Arkady Nepytalyuk, “Bartka” directed by Volodymyr Bakum and “Sashenka” directed by Oleksandr Zhovna.
The organizers also did this year’s “Ukrainian Day” festival – on November 11, free entry was arranged for all Ukrainians.
|Statuettes for the winners of Film Festival Cottbus|
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