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Ukrainian Films Featured at Berlin International Film Festival

10. February 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

V Subbotu (Innocent Saturday), a feature-length film directed and written by Alexander Mindadze and jointly produced by Ukraine, Russia, and Germany, has been selected to compete in the 61st Annual Berlin International Film Festival.


Competing in the main Competition category, Innocent Saturday is the story of a Communist official who tries to escape Chernobyl after the disastrous nuclear power plant explosion on April 26, 1986. Despite his best efforts, the young official’s attempt to flee the doomed city with his love is repeatedly thwarted. Based on real events, Mindadze’s $3-million film will premiere at Berlin International on Valentine’s Day.

Two Ukrainian films will also appear at Berlin’s European Film Market, a film trade fair attended by distributors, film buyers, producers, financiers, and co-production agents. The Ukrainian Cinema Foundation will present Million Up to the Sky and Ukrainian Modern Panorama at the nation’s stand. Russia, too, is attending the European Film Market. Last month, a film directed by Julia Ivanova of Russia premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

Held each year in Berlin, Germany, the Berlin International Film Festival is one of the world’s leading film festivals, featuring up to 400 films in a variety of different categories. This year’s festival runs from February 10 – 20.