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Ukrainian Woman Wins at Cannes

24. May 2011 by Michelle 0 Comments

The 64th Cannes International Film Festival culminated this past weekend and 29-year-old Maryna Vroda received the Short Film Palme d’Or for Cross, a 15-minute Franco-Ukrainian production.


"I’m grateful to the festival, the jury, and my colleagues – other film directors with whom I took part in this competition. Last but not least, many thanks for my crew," said Vroda.


She was not only the director of the film, but also the script writer, as the story recounts her memories of running cross country as a school girl. She has since graduated from the Karpenko-Kary National Theater, Cinema and Television University of Kyiv.


This victory marks the second time Ukraine has been honored with an award at Cannes, after Igor Strembytsky’s Podorozhni won in 2005. Now Ukrainians are expecting much more from Vroda.


"Certainly, I believe that Maryna Vroda will get a lot of attention after this victory. However, a lot depends on her. We’ve already seen that Igor Strembitsky who had won a couple of years ago, didn’t live up to the hopes of many people who expected some ‘big step’ from this director, at least in terms of shorts. He has hardly done anything during this time, though Ihor works at the television and it means something to him. So, Maryna’s future will depend first of all on her and her new ideas, and an interesting project (as today private investors and the country only support interesting projects). It’s tough for any director to prove that their future project has a look-in. Though, certainly, the Palme d’Or is a certain guarantee," explains Andrii Khal Pakhchi, General Director of the Kyiv International Film Festival Molodist.