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    BRAMA, April 26, 2012, 9:00 AM ET

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    Kinofest NYC Announces Its 2012 Film Festival Lineup
    Festival Kicks Off with US Premiere of Cross Country Palme dOr Best Short Film at Cannes
    Four full-length feature narratives highlight the 2012 selections


    $10 per screening
    Order in advance online.


    May 3 and 6:
    The Ukrainian Museum (UM)
    222 East 6th Street
    (btw 2nd/3rd Aves.)

    May 4 and 5:
    Anthology Film Archives (AFA)
    32 2nd Avenue
    (corner of E. 2nd St.)

    Maryna Vroda films


    The Other Chelsea


    The Woman with the 5 Elephants


    Post-Soviet Film Shorts


    Land of Oblivion


    Goodbye, Ukraine!




    New York Kinofest NYC, presenting independent cinema from Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries, announced the complete schedule for its 3rd annual film festival, which takes place May 3-6, 2012. The festival will showcase four feature films, three of which are premiering in New York City, and twenty-one short films that are being shown for the first time in the U.S., during seven sessions throughout the weekend. This year's festival will take place in two venues: The Ukrainian Museum and Anthology Film Archives, both located in Manhattan's East Village.

    Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. ‒ UM
    Cross Country
    Ukraine, 2011
    Rus w/Eng subtitles
    The Rain
    Ukraine, 2007
    Ukr w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Maryna Vroda

    The Ukrainian Museum will kick off the weekend of film with filmmaker Maryna Vroda, who will show her short Cross Country, winner of the 2011 Palme d'Or Best Short Film award at Cannes, and The Rain. The screening will be followed by introductions of all the visiting filmmakers from Ukraine and Germany. The evening will end with a reception catered by Veselka restaurant.

    Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. ‒ AFA
    The Other Chelsea: A Story from Donetsk
    Germany, 2010
    Rus/Eng w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Jakob Preuss

    The New York premiere of the award-winning The Other Chelsea: A Story from Donetsk, directed by German-born filmmaker Jakob Preuss, will take place at the Anthology Film Archives. Just in time for Eurocup 2012, The Other Chelsea is a revealing film about soccer and politics in Ukraine. Preuss, who lives in Berlin, will be in New York to present his film. The Other Chelsea explores the links among sports, business, and politics in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk – home to Shakhtar Donetsk, the winning Ukrainian football team (soccer in the U.S.), and to billionaire football supporter Rinat Akhmetov, and home base for Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovych. In his film, Preuss illustrates the social and political decline that Ukraine's new elite have entrenched in their country. He humorously tells the story of the discordant worlds of increasing wealth and poverty by following two ardent fans – a coal miner and a well-to-do politician. Their worlds meet in the Donetsk football stadium where, despite their differences, they are united by their strong ties to the nostalgia of their Soviet past.

    Saturday, May 5, 2 p.m. ‒ AFA
    The Woman with the 5 Elephants
    Switzerland, 2009
    Ger/Rus w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Vadim Jendreyko

    No, the woman is not a circus trainer. She's Kyiv-born 86-year-old Svetlana Geier, a world-renowned Fyodor Dostoyevsky scholar. And the elephants are five of Dostoyevsky's major works that Svetlana has been translating into German, a 20-year project. As the film opens, she's near completion. Highly intelligent and down-to-earth sweet, Svetlana is fascinating to listen to and watch as she translates collaboratively, prepares meals for her visiting family, or meticulously attends to household chores. Her life story is riveting. We discover, among other things, that her father, an agronomist, died a victim of Stalin's purges and that young Svetlana, to survive during World War II, became a German translator for the Nazis when they occupied Kyiv. Having relocated permanently to Germany during the war, Svetlana returns by train to Kyiv nearly 65 years later. A deeply satisfying film.

    Preceded by the film short 1937, Russia, 2010, Rus w/ Eng subtitles; directed by Svetozar Goloviev.

    Saturday, May 5, 5 p.m. ‒ AFA
    Post-Soviet Film Shorts

    Ukraine, 2011
    Directed by Maxim Afanasyev
    The filmmaker uses stop-motion animation to nightmarishly depict a macabre couple whose only delight is watching their coin-operated TV.

    Cradle of Destiny
    Ukraine, 2010
    Ukr w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Serhiy Siliava
    Societys expectations and roles foisted on us, symbolically represented by a surreal sequence of footwear and feet.

    Russia/Chechnya, 2012
    Rus/Chechen w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Ruslan Magomadov
    An ingenious elderly Chechen forages to survive in the wasteland of Chechnyas Russian-artillery-obliterated capital, Grozny.

    One More Day
    Ukraine, 2011
    Ukr w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Olexandr Rudyk
    A sweet, old baba and her simple longing.

    To Be Human
    Ukraine, 2012
    Rus w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Anna Butozova
    With wanted posters of him posted all over town, a young criminal on the lam faces a moral dilemma when he finds and then wants to turn in an abandoned infant.

    Christmas with Fritz Dubert
    USA, 2010
    Directed by Michael Nikitin
    It's the night before Christmas, and Tanya discovers her husband Albert holds more surprises for her than just her Christmas gift.

    Ukraine, 2010
    Directed by Mykyta Liskov
    Animation with a stark, disturbing post-apocalyptic theme.

    Treasure Seekers
    Ukraine/Poland, 2009
    Pol/Ukr w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Agnieszka Bak
    Equipped with a metal detector, two elderly Polish brothers travel to the city of Lviv in search of their parents legendary buried treasure. The problem is its almost 70 years later, and a lot has changed. A humorous adventure.

    Boyarka Serenade
    Ukraine, 2012
    Rus w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Svitlana Tymoshenko
    Enchanting, 11-year-old Rachel is the product of a Ukrainian mother and an African father and has big saxophone dreams of leaving Boyarka for America.

    Bashkortostan/Russia, 2010
    Bashkir w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Aynur Askarov
    The main event in a picturesque Bashkir village is the weekly film showing at the local recreation center. This delightful tale revolves around film-days most passionate fan, a boy nicknamed "disco dancer."

    Saturday, May 5, 8 p.m. ‒ AFA
    Land of Oblivion
    France/Ukraine/Poland/Germany, 2011
    Ukr/Rus w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Michale Boganim

    This engaging film about the nuclear plant disaster at Chernobyl and its effect on neighboring Pripyat residents is told primarily through the eyes of a young bride, now a Chernobyl widow, Anya (Olga Kurylenko), and Valery, the son of a scientist who has disappeared. Pripyat, once a thriving city of 50,000 built to house Chernobyl workers, became a ghost town after the meltdown. Ten years later, Anya is working as a guide, showing tourists around a less toxic Chernobyl and Pripyat, and Valery is still searching for his father. But Anya is at a crossroads. She can stay and marry her Ukrainian lover, Dmitri, whos rebuilding a life in Pripyat, or she can try to escape past horrors by marrying her French lover, Patrick, and moving to Paris.

    Preceded by the film short Chronicle of Severe Days, 1986, silent w/Eng subtitles; directed by Vladimir Shevchenko.

    Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m. ‒ UM
    Goodbye, Ukraine!, a Volodymyr Tykhyy series featuring film shorts by Ukrainian filmmakers.

    Ukraine, 2011
    Ukr w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Ruslan Batytskyy
    A single fathers struggle to provide for his invalid daughter in a ramshackle Ukrainian village comes to a haunting conclusion.

    Without GMO
    Ukraine, 2011
    Ukr w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Larysa Artiuhina
    A recent widow reconsiders relocating abroad after a most unusual culinary encounter.

    The Beard
    Ukraine, 2011
    Ukr w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Dmytro Suholytkyj-Sobchuk
    An elderly, solitary, village man anticipates his daughters return from abroad to partake in an annual, intimate, father-daughter ritual.

    Ukraine, 2011
    Ukr w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Volodymyr Tykhyy
    A hospital in Ukraine fulfills the adventurous fantasies of one of its patients … partially.

    Off I'll Go
    Ukraine, 2011
    Ukr w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Valeriy Shalyha
    The tedium of small-city family life inspires a middle-aged woman to consider working abroad.

    Almost Love
    Ukraine, 2011
    Ukr w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Julia Shashkova
    Fifteen-year-old Anya has a secret crush on the boy next door. She suddenly discovers that he's emigrating from Ukraine and doesn't have anywhere to leave his dog.

    Angel of Death
    Ukraine, 2011
    Ukr w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Volodymyr Tykhyy
    Every day, the reclusive Bohdan begs God to exact severe justice on all the scoundrels on earth. At last, his prayers are answered.

    Sunday, May 6, 5 p.m. ‒ UM
    Ukraine, 2011
    Ukr/Rus/Eng w/Eng subtitles
    Directed by Mykhailo Illienko

    This romantic ballad is based on the true story of a Ukrainian hero named Ivan Dodka. Ivan, a Soviet pilot, is shot down during a sortie and captured by the Germans. After being released from a prisoner-of-war camp, he is returned to the Soviet Union, but instead of being treated as a hero, he is banished to a gulag. Ivan miraculously escapes and winds up in Canada, where he becomes chief of an Indian tribe. Some years later, as the chief, Ivan meets a Soviet delegation in Canada. The delegation is shocked and baffled with this Indian chief who speaks fluent Ukrainian.

    For more information about Kinofest NYC, visit

    This year's festival is being produced in conjunction with The Ukrainian Museum as part of its "Film in Perspective" program (The Museums film program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council).

    Major sponsors of the festival include Izolyatsia – Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Self Reliance (NY) Federal Credit Union, Veselka Restaurant, Bauer Dental Arts, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, with additional funding provided by individual supporters.

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