On Sunday, the 6th of November 2016, the main cinema theater of Budapest – «Uránia National Film Theatre» accommodated the solemn opening ceremony - the “Days of Ukrainian Cinema” in Budapest, in order to celebrate the prominent date, the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Hungary. This cultural event has been organized by Ukrainian State Film Agency, Igor Iankovskyi Foundation and NGO “Initiative for the Future” with the support of Ukrainian embassy in Budapest.
The “Days of Ukrainian Cinema” have been presented by Igor Iankovskyi, founder of the Charity Foundation and NGO “Initiative for the Future”, along with the Head of Ukrainian State Film Agency, Pylyp Illienko, Ambassador of Ukraine in Hungary Liubov Nepop and Taras Tkachenko, director of the opening movie “The Turtledove’s Nest”. Minister of Culture of Ukraine, Yevhen Nyschuk, had also addressed to the audience through the greeting letter.
Albeit the fact, that the biggest Hungary’s cinema theatre - «Uránia National Film Theatre» had been chosen for the event, it drew the capacity audience. The premiere of the best Ukrainian movie according to the Odessa Film Festival has gathered more than 500 spectators, so that supplementary chairs have been installed in the passages. Despite the grievous theme, nobody left the auditorium. Some few hundreds of spectators despite the late hour have left for the scheduled questions/answers session to the movie’s director and Ukrainian State Film Agency’s Head.
“This event has proven once more that Ukraine has its reasons to be proud. I am very glad that Ukrainian movie has reunited so much Hungarian spectators. That is our goal all along – to make Ukraine recognizable not only through political news about war and struggle with corruption, but also through cultural message, arts, and the achievements of our talented people. That’s why we will pursue the recognition of our country through the cultural diplomacy”, - noted the founder of the Charity Foundation and NGO “Initiative for the Future”, Igor Iankovskyi.
Among the movies to be presented to the Hungarian spectators are modern films created last year: “The Turtledove’s Nest” (by Taras Tkachenko); “Now, I'm Gonna Love You” (by Roman Chyrman); “My Grandmother Fanny Kaplan” (by Olena Demyanenko); “Ukrainian Sheriffs” (by Roman Bondarchuk), an outstanding documentary that will be competing for “Oscar” American Cinema Academy Award, and renovated chef-d’oeuvre by Yury Illienko “The White Bird with Black Mark”. All the movies will be presented by their directors, that came to Budapest with the support of Igor Iankovskyi.
“Ukrainian cinema is on the rise now. It happens including due to the State support of the national cinema, made despite the war in the East and tough economic conditions. Furthermore, it is planned to enlarge the financial support to the national cinema, which means more new and exciting Ukrainian movies”, - has underlined the Head of Ukrainian State Film Agency, Pylyp Illienko, who will personally present his father’s movie “The White Bird with Black Mark” to the Hungarian public this week.
After the projection and live conversation with the director of “The Turtledove’s Nest” and the Head of Ukrainian State Film Agency, Pylyp Illienko, who answered lots of questions, the spectators were invited to attend the reception honoring Ukrainian cinema. There, the directors and guests could pursue the conversation about the further development of national cinema and cooperation with European colleagues in the informal setting, aiming at opening the new markets for Ukrainian cinema and getting the new possibilities for directors to fulfill their projects.