UKRAINIAN STAND AT Toronto International Film festival

Discover Ukrainian film industry

September 7, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Luma Restaurant ( 350 King St. W., 2nd Floor )

BREAKFAST AT TIFF
"UKRAINE IS YOUR DESTINATION"

Meet and network with Ukrainian producers

Invitations only; request an invitation at Ukrainian stand or at info@ukraine-tiff.org

September 11, 4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 5

SESSION ABOUT OLEG SENTSOV
(Doc Conference)

The key speaker - Sergey Loznitsa

Accredited TIFF participants only

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Ukrainian film days in toronto

Imagine Cinemas - Carlton cinema - 20 Carlton St, Toronto

On August 29 - September 2, the showcase Ukrainian Film Days in Toronto will present for the second time in Canada the selection of Ukrainian recently produced feature films.

The showcase includes seven significant Ukrainian film productions, including award-nominated and award-winning feature films Black Level, When the Trees Fall, Falling, black comedy The Gateway, war thriller Call sign "Banderas", adventures family fantasy The Stronghold and retrospective screening of the film Swan Lake: The Zone.

The screenings will take place at Carlton cinema. Ukrainian Film Days in Toronto are presented by the State Film Agency of Ukraine, the Embassy of Ukraine to Canada, and Ukrainian National Federation of Canada in Toronto.

August 29, Wednesday 7 p.m.

THE GATEWAY /
Брама

Ukraine, 2017 / 107 min

Fantasy / Tragicomedy

Director: Volodymyr Tykhyy

Cast: Yaroslav Fedorchuk, Irma Vitovska, Dmytro Tuboltsev, Vitalina Bibliv, Dmytro Yaroshenko

Inside the Chornobyl exclusion zone Grandma Prisa, the family matriarch, consorts with water nymphs, eats a diet filled with hallucinogenic mushrooms, and claims to have personally stabbed 12 SS soldiers to death during World War II. She lives together with her divorced and chronically ill daughter Slava and grandson Vova. Unexpectedly, their measured life comes to an end - Grandma Prisa receives a mystical warning about an impending catastrophe.

August 30, Thursday 7 p.m.

CALL SIGN "BANDERAS" /
Позивний «Бандерас»

Ukraine, 2018 / 113 min

Drama

Director: Zaza Buadze

Cast: Oleg Shulga, Julia Chepurko, Anton Andryushchenko, Oleg Voloshchenko

In the fall of 2014 in the ATO zone, a group of counterintelligence agents led by experienced captain Anton Saenko (call sign "Banderas") tries to prevent sabotage and neutralize the Russian demolitionist. The task is complicated by the fact that the events take place at the home village of Banderas, which he left a long time ago. Local residents see him as a traitor, and the Ukrainian military – as a hostile force.

August 31, Friday 7 p.m.

BLACK LEVEL /
Рівень чорного

Ukraine, 2017 / 91 min

Drama

Director: Valentyn Vasyanovych

– FIPRESCI Prize for Best Ukrainian Feature, Odessa International Film Festival, 2017

– Ukrainian candidate for the best foreign-language film nomination at 90th Academy Awards (the Oscars 2018)

Cast: Kostyantyn Mokhnach, Kateryna Molchanova

Loneliness dwells in a big city; Kostya, the wedding photographer, dwells there too. At work, he is surrounded by happy people celebrating special moments in their lives. Kostya is about to turn 50, and he is drastically losing everything he used to cherish. Will he cope with his despair and regain the joy of life?

September 1, Saturday 5 p.m.

THE STRONGHOLD /
Сторожова застава

Ukraine, 2017 / 111 min

Fantasy / Adventure

Director: Yury Kovaliov

Cast: Danyil Kamensky, Eva Kosheva, Roman Lutsky

During a solar eclipse, an ordinary boy Vitko finds himself a thousand years back, in Kyivan Rus, in the midst of a decisive battle between good and evil. With help of a magic stone which gives him power, and the strong knights whom he knew only from books by his side, he is facing black magic and an army lead by the giant rock monster. Now only the boy’s bravery will decide if the light overthrows darkness and if the future turns out the way we know it today.

September 1, Saturday 7 p.m.

WHEN THE TREES FALL /
Коли падають дерева

Ukraine, 2018 / 88 min

Drama

Director: Marysia Nikitiuk

Cast: Eugen Grigoriev, Sofia Halaimova, Vadym Kovaliov

The story of a five year old little rebellious girl Vitka with her teenage cousin Larysa and her boyfriend, the young criminal Scar unfolds in a Ukrainian provincial setting. Larysa finds herself at a crossroads after the death of her father. Yearning to be self made, the village community ostracizes her for loving Scar. Larysa discovers her grandmother once sacrificed her love for a young gypsy abandoning him for traditional values and other people's opinions. Larysa's mother is too psychologically weak to support her daughter. Larysa and Scar plan to escape from a life of crime, misery and their relatives. But are they ready to pay the full price for freedom?

September 2, Sunday 5 p.m.

FALLING /
Стрімголов

Ukraine, 2017 / 105 min

Drama

Director: Marina Stepanska

Cast: Andriy Seletskiy, Dasha Plahtiy, Oleg Mosiychuk

Anton, a grown-up prodigy composer who couldn’t handle his obsession with music, returns to Ukraine after a long drug and alcohol addiction treatment. The country is in a state of undeclared war, society seeks heroes. Katia, an ordinary girl living on the outskirts of Kyiv, is planning to leave to Berlin with her boyfriend, a German photographer. An unexpected encounter between Katia and Anton changes everything.

September 2, Sunday 7 p.m.

SWAN LAKE: THE ZONE /
Лебединое озеро. Зона

Ukrainian SSR, 1990 / 96 min

Drama

Director: Yuri Ilyenko

Writer: Serhii Paradzhanov

Cast: Viktor Solovyov, Lyudmila Efimenko, Pylyp Ilyenko

This film tells what it was like to live in the USSR with brutal reality. A convict is forced to hide within a model of a hammer and sickle. Here a tragic romance ensues between the convict and woman worker.

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