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The Ukrainian film days in Helsinki started in 2016 with a single screening of the Ukrainian-Italian feature The Nest of the Turtledove and was presented by the film’s director Taras Tkachenko and leading actress Rimma Ziubina. Since then the Ukrainian film days are held annually in different cinemas around Helsinki. The festival emerged from the Ukrainian Film Club project.
The festival’s conception is to represent Ukraine and its culture through films of various genres to make the country understandable for an audience of different ages and tastes. Usually, the films are presented by guests from Ukraine and are followed by Q&A sessions. In 2019 the acknowledged Finnish writer Sofi Oksanen was the festival’s special guest. She was presenting her new novel Koirapuisto (The Dog Park). The recorded live broadcast on Finnish channel TV 3 / Viiden jälkeen is available here (from 32:20 until 36.35).
Covid restrictions in 2020 caused us to host the guests virtually but we managed to run the festival in one of the biggest cinema halls in the capital – Kosmos at Cinamon Tripla. Here is a report by Alfa-TV about the Ukrainian film days.
Ukrainian film days in Helsinki are supported by the Ukrainian State Film Agency, the Embassy of Ukraine in Finland, Taike Foundation, and the city of Helsinki.
Our team is Nataliya Teramae (program director), Tymur Babkin (partnership coordinator).
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- Ukrainian Film days program 2017
- Ukrainian Film days program 2018
- Ukrainian Film days program 2019
- Ukrainian Film days program 2020
- Ukrainian Film days program 2021