Magazine article Screen International

The Odessa Files

Magazine article Screen International

The Odessa Files

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Odessa has the feel of Cannes of bygone days...

The Odessa International Film Festival may well be a new kid in the block in terms of Eastern European film festivals - 2013 is just its fourth year - but it is fast getting the reputation as a savvy, sunny and smart film festival to attend, not just for its programming and events, but also for the city's warm welcome and enthusiasm of the generally young audiences.

It might not have the years under its cinematic belt of the likes of the Moscow of Karlovy Vary or even Warsaw Film Festivals, but like the Transilvania International Film Festival in the Romanian town of Cluj; the Era New Horizons Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, and the well-established Sarajevo International Film Festival, Odessa is defined by a cool and passionate youthful audience who are keen on both their films and their late-night partying.

As one French sales agent commented on the flight from Kiev to the Ukrainian Black Sea city of Odessa (blessed with one of the most unique baggage reclaim systems ever...but enough of that), the city has a the leafy feel of Cannes of bygone days, accentuated by the fact that most people in the city favour shorts (or short skirts) and T-shirts. Apart - of course - from this critic, who stuck strictly to the Screen sartorial code of jacket and tie...well, no tie, but I was pretty much the only person in the city sporting a jacket.

The majority of the screenings at Odessa take place at the massive - and usual full - Festival Palace (in actual fact the Odessa Academic Theatre of Musical Comedy of M Vodyanogo) and at the nearby Festival Centre 'Rodina', though there has also been an outdoor screening of Murnau's Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans at the Potemkin Steps, which also played host to an Emir Kusturica concert. …

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