The Guide (film)

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The Guide
The Guide (film).jpg
Film poster
Directed by Oles Sanin
Produced by Maxim Asadchiy
Igor Savychenko
Oles Sanin
Written by Oles Sanin
Alexander Irvanets
Irene Rozdobudko
Paul Wolansky
Starring Stanislav Boklan
Jeff Burrell
Anton Sviatoslav Greene
Oleksandr Kobzar
Iryna Sanina
Music by Alla Zahaikevych
Cinematography Serhiy Mykhalchuk
Edited by Denys Zakharov
Pronto Film
Distributed by B&H Film Distribution
Release date
  • 16 July 2014 (2014-07-16) (Odessa)
  • 12 November 2014 (2014-11-12) (Ukraine)
Running time
122 minutes
Country Ukraine
Language Ukrainian

The Guide (Ukrainian: Поводир, Povodyr) is a 2014 Ukrainian drama film directed by Oles Sanin. It was selected as the Ukrainian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards,[1] but was not nominated.[2] There was some controversy over the selection of the film in Ukraine regarding the voting process.[3] There is a special audiodescripted version for blind people.[4]


Soviet Ukraine, 1930s. American engineer Michael Shamrock arrives in Kharkiv with his ten-year-old son, Peter to help "build socialism". He falls in love with an actress Olga who has another admirer, Commissar Vladimir.

Under tragic circumstances, the American is killed and his son is saved from his pursuers by a blind bard (kobzar). With no other chance to survive in a foreign land, the boy becomes his guide.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2014 Odessa International Film Festival[5] Best Actor Stanislav Boklan Won
Jury Prize for Cinematography Sergiy Mykhalchuk Won
Grand Prix Oles Sanin Nominated
2014 Warsaw International Film Festival[6] Grand Prix Oles Sanin Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Oscars: Ukraine Nominates Oles Sanin's 'The Guide' for Foreign Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Nominees (see subsection: Foreign Language Film)". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Oscars: Backlash Over Ukraine's Nomination for Best Foreign Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  4. ^ "The Film The Guide has been adapted for Blind People" (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  5. ^ "OIFF 2014 award winners". Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  6. ^ "International Competition at 30th WFF". Retrieved 17 October 2014.

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