Cinema of Ukraine

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Cinema of Ukraine
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Number of screens 2,332 (2011)[1]
 • Per capita 5.6 per 100,000 (2011)[1]
Main distributors B And H 20.0%
Gemini Film 11.0%
Kinomania 7.0%[2]
Produced feature films (2009)[3]
Fictional 5
Animated -
Documentary -
Number of admissions (2011)[4]
Total 14,995,200
National films 448,400 (3.0%)
Gross Box Office (2011)[4]
Total UAH 345 million
National films UAH 4.62 million (1.3%)

Ukraine has had an influence on the history of the cinema. Ukrainian directors Alexander Dovzhenko, often cited as one of the most important early Soviet filmmakers, as well as being a pioneer of Soviet montage theory, Dovzhenko Film Studios, and Sergei Parajanov, Armenian film director and artist who made significant contributions to Ukrainian, Armenian and Georgian cinema. He invented his own cinematic style, Ukrainian poetic cinema, which was totally out of step with the guiding principles of socialist realism.

Other important directors including Kira Muratova, Larisa Shepitko, Sergei Bondarchuk, Leonid Bykov, Yuri Ilyenko, Leonid Osyka, Ihor Podolchak with his Delirium and Maryna Vroda. Many Ukrainian actors have achieved international fame and critical success, including: Vera Kholodnaya, Bohdan Stupka, Milla Jovovich, Olga Kurylenko, Renata Litvinova, Mila Kunis.

Despite a history of important and successful productions, the industry has often been characterised by a debate about its identity and the level of Russian and European influence. Ukrainian producers are active in international co-productions and Ukrainian actors, directors and crew feature regularly in Russian (Soviet in past) films. Also successful films have been based on Ukrainian people, stories or events, including Battleship Potemkin, Man with a Movie Camera, Everything Is Illuminated. The highest-grossing film ever is Avatar with £5.2 million in 2009.

Ukrainian State Film Agency owns National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Centre, film copying laboratory and archive, takes part in hosting of the Odessa International Film Festival, and Molodist is the only one FIAPF accredited International Film Festival held in Ukraine; competition program is devoted to student, first short and first full feature films from all over the world. Held annually in October.

Film studios[edit]

State owned[edit]

Privately owned[edit]

Film distribution[edit]

US invented figure Darth Vader of Star Wars wearing traditional Ukrainian clothes

B&H Film Distribution Company is a major Ukrainian film distributor; it is the local distributor of films by Walt Disney Pictures, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment (Columbia Pictures).[8]

Ukrainian Film Distribution (formerly Gemini Ukraine) is the local distributor of films by 20th Century Fox (Fox Searchlight Pictures, Blue Sky Studios).[8]

Kinomania is the local distributor of films by Warner Brothers (New Line Cinema).[8]

Short films, festival winners and art house are mostly disrtibuted by Arthouse traffic.[8]

Festivals[edit]

Odessa Film Festival Grand Prix
  • Molodist,[9] Kyiv International Film Festival (1970-)
  • Kyiv International Film Festival,[10] (2009-)
  • Odessa International Film Festival,[11] (2010-)
  • Animation Film Festival "Krok",[12] (1987) organized by the Ukrainian Association of Cinematographers and takes place in Ukraine and Russia
  • Pokrov,[13] international festival of Christian Orthodox cinema, held in Kyiv (2003-)
  • Vidkryta Nich (Open Night),[14] festival of Ukrainian debut short films, held in Kyiv (1997-)
  • Kharkiv Siren Film Festival,[15] international festival of short feature films, held in Kharkiv (2008-)
  • Wiz-Art,[16] International Short Film Festival, held in Lviv (2008-)
  • VAU-Fest,[17] International Video Art and Short Film Festival, held in the town of Ukrainka in Kyiv oblast (2010-)
  • Kinofront,[18] festival of Ukrainian Z and indie movies (2008-)
  • Docudays UA,[19] international human rights documentary film festival, held in Kyiv with travelling program around Ukraine (2003-)
  • Contact, international documentary film festival, held in Kyiv (2005-2007)
  • Berdiansk International Film Festival "Golden Brigantine",[20] festival of cinema made in Commonwealth of Independent States and Baltic countries, held in the city of Berdiansk (2011)
  • Irpin Film Festival,[21] international noncommercial festival of alternative cinema, held in the town of Irpin (2003)
  • Golden Pektorale,[22] International Truskavets Film Festival, held in the town of Truskavets
  • Mute Nights, Odessa, International silent film festival which is held in Odessa on the third week on June.
  • Kino-Yalta, festival of producer's cinema[23] (2003) organized together with the Russian government
  • Sebastopol International Film Festival,[24] held in Sevastopol, Crimea (2005-2009, 2011)

Awards[edit]

Former awards[edit]

Notable films[edit]

Still from Las Meninas

Top awards[edit]

Award Category Film title Year Director
Palme d'Or Short Film The Cross (Cross-country) 2011 Maryna Vroda
Palme d'Or Short Film Podorozhni (Wayfarers) 2005 Ihor Strembitskyi
Jury Prize Silver Bear at Berlinale Short Film Ischov tramwai N°9 (The Tram N°9 Goes) 2003 Stepan Koval
Panorama Award of the NYFA at Berlinale Short Film Tyr (Shooting Gallery) 2001 Taras Tomenko
FIPRESCI Prize FIPRESCI Award Lebedyne Ozero - Zona (Swan Lake. The Zone) 1990 Yuriy Illienko
Award of the Youth at Cannes Film Festival Foreign Film Lebedyne Ozero - Zona (Swan Lake. The Zone) 1990 Yuriy Illienko

Top Ukrainian-language films by IMDb rating[27][edit]

Name Year Rating Link
Iван Сила 2013 8.6 [2]
Тiнi незабутих предкiв 2013 8.5 [3]
Звичайна справа 2012 8.1 [4]
Тіні забутих предків 1965 7.9 [5]
Ломбард 2013 7.9 [6]
Delirium 2013 7.8 [7]
Фучжоу 1993 7.7 [8]

Actors[edit]

Directors[edit]

Kiev movie theatre.

History of the cinema in Ukraine[edit]

On the territory of Odessa film studio there is a Museum of the Cinema, in which you can find out about many interesting facts on the history of the cinema in general and history of Ukrainian cinema as a part. Here you can find historic materials, from the invention of cinema, to the postmodern, digital and avant garde.

Government and civil bodies concerned[edit]

is administrated by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Association of Cinematographers.

See also[edit]

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