NewsNews20 May 2024

On the occasion of Kyiv Day, Zhovten Cinema will show a cinema journey around the capital: what's on the programme

In a few days, Kyiv will host the second Kyiv Film Festival, organised by the Dovzhenko Centre and Zhovten Cinema. Kyiv residents and guests will be able to enjoy a wide cultural programme and take a cinematic journey through Kyiv. As part of the festival, a large-scale fair organised by the cultural and charity event NERECHYZM will take place on the square near Zhovten Cinema, featuring local brands and works by young artists. In addition, visitors will enjoy a concert of vintage Ukrainian music by Kyiv DJs. 

The Dovzhenko Centre has traditionally curated the screenings, so in addition to watching films, the audience will learn many more interesting facts about their creation and history, as each screening will be presented by film experts from the State Film Archive. 

The festival programme consists of five sections: 

Retrospective screening programme; 
Contemporary cinema; 
Exhibition of paintings; 
The Fair.
The retrospective screening programme includes a number of Ukrainian films of various genres, shot at the VUFKU and at the Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Studio, which were restored and digitised by the Dovzhenko Centre's specialists. Some films will be presented to the audience of Zhovten Cinema for the first time, such as Olyaiannia by Volodymyr Denysenko, as this film of Ukrainian poetic cinema returns to theatres after 50 years of oblivion.

According to the organisers, two films have been chosen to open the festival: the premiere of a new digitised copy of Mikhail Ilyenko's 1997 film The Seventh Route and Nadiya Parfan's short film This Date from 2023. The festival will close with a pre-premiere screening of Tonia Noyabrskaya's film Do You Love Me? with the participation of the creative team.

The educational part will consist of two lectures by film critic Serhiy Trimbach and the author of the Real Story project, 1+1 media producer Akim Galimov.

In addition to the film programme, KIEVKINOFEST will host several other interesting events worth paying attention to. In particular, an exhibition of street art works by the Feldman sisters, which will be on display for the first time in Kyiv. The festival will also feature a charity film poster bazaar for donations to raise funds for filmmakers who are currently serving in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. 

The schedule of KIEVKINOFEST screenings is already available on the Zhovten Cinema website:

The official partners of KIEVKINOFEST are Dovzhenko Centre and the cultural and charity event NERECHYZM.

The festival's media partner is Kyivstar TV, a film and television platform.

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