A renowned American actor John Malkovich arrived to Odesa for the 2nd InternationalOdesa Film Festival that lasted from July 15 to July 23. Among other high guests of the festival were the famous film critics Mark Travis and Klaus Eder.
John Malkovich held one of the most successful workshops of the festival with numerous guests firing their questions at the maître. Among other speakers at the festival’s workshops were an American critic, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama Mark Travis and the General Secretary of the International Federation of Film Critics, German film critic Klaus Eder.
Ambitions of the organizers of Odesa Film Festival to match the cinema giant Cannes Film Festival were initially met with skepticism. But still, the festival provided an impressive foundation for established as well as young artists to mingle and discover ideas.
The program of the festival included screenings of several cinematic gems – the newly discovered and restored full version of the Fritz Lang 1927 film Metropolis, the already classic Michel Hazanavicius’ black and white silent 2011 film The Artist, the cult 2007 sci-fi drama La Antena, and a freshly released experimental documentary Life in a Day.
The motion picture by the Oscar winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald Life in a Day, included in the festival’s program, is a compilation of 331 bits filmed by directors from 197 countries. Macdonald chose the best clips out of the submitted 80 thousand. Each piece was filmed on July 24, 2010, and aimed to show to the future generations what life was like back in 2010. Life in a Day was shown exclusively during the 2nd Odesa International Film Festival, the film premieres on July 24, 2011.
The 2nd Odesa International Film Festival featured films from 16 countries competing for the festival’s main prize – the Golden Duke. A drama Tomboy by a French director Céline Sciamma became the winner of the competition program.
The Odesa International Film Festival was held for the first time on July 16-24, 2010. 16 films participated in the competition program with over 100 presented at the festival. The concept of the festival is promotion of sharp, witty humor which is the main criterion for the competition’s winner selection.