“Looking at Ukraine”: Three shocking films at the French Institute of Greece in Athens

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The Thessaloniki Film Festival is watching with pain the ongoing horror in Ukraine, which has left behind only death and destruction, declaring in practice its support for the victims of the war. In collaboration with the French Institute of Greece in Athens, on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 April, the Festival hosts a cinematic spotlight in Ukraine, which will screen two documentaries and a fiction film that shed light on the invisible aspects of an ongoing tragedy.

The screenings will have free admission for the public, with mandatory reservation, and will take place at the Auditorium Theo Angelopoulos of the French Institute of Greece (Sina 31, Athens), with Greek and English subtitles. The Festival, as a sign of solidarity, will support with the amount of 2,000 euros the initiative of the International Coalition of Filmmakers at Risk for Ukrainewhile in consultation with the filmmakers, will donate the money you have allocated for the screening expenses to the NGO “Voices of Children”, which helps children in the affected areas of Ukraine.

The two-day screening begins on Friday, April 15 at 20:00, with the documentary “F @ ck This Job”, which takes a revealing look at the censorship and press freedom that prevail in today Russia. Vera Kritsevskaya’s documentary was screened as part of the 24th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, winning the Amnesty International Award, while the festival audience had the opportunity to talk to the main character of the documentary, Natasa Sideozheva, owner of TV station D recently outlawed by the Russian regime.

The screening will be preceded by a greeting from the Deputy Minister of Culture & Sports, in charge of contemporary culture Nikola Giatromanolakis and the director of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, Orestis Andreadakis.

On Saturday, April 16, at 19:00, the heartbreaking documentary “A House Made of Splinters” by Danish director Simon Lereng Wilmont, which won the Golden Alexander Best Picture at the recent 24th Thessaloniki Festival, will be screened. . The film takes us to the hell of Eastern Ukraine long before the current war breaks out.

Finally, on 16/4, at 21:30, the fiction film “Atlantis” (“Atlantis”) by the Ukrainian director Valentin Vasyanovich, which was screened at the 60th Thessaloniki Film Festival, takes us to a dystopian futuristic nightmare, which shows creepy similarities with the reality that the country of Ukraine has been experiencing for the last month and a half.

Screening schedule:

Friday, April 15, 8:00 p.m.

I’s doing my job, Vera Kritsevskaya

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Saturday 16 April, 19:00

A house made of fragments by Simon Lereng Wilmond

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Saturday, April 16, 9:30 p.m.

Atlantis, by Valentin Vasianovich

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A few words about the movies:

“F @ ck This Job” by Vera Kritsevskaya

United Kingdom-Germany, 2021

Natasha, 35, is a successful woman who seeks publicity, fame and to make her dreams come true. So he decided to set up an independent television channel in Putin’s Russia. It hires pro-opposition journalists and minorities such as the LGBTQI community. Her “sprout” soon turns into an oasis of political and sexual freedom. Dozhd TV (also known as TV Rain, the “rain TV”) is the only independent journalism channel that has survived the Putin regime. When it started, this woman did not imagine that she would stand on the front lines of the battle between Truth and Propaganda, nor that she would lose all her property. She did not know how to become a “foreign agent” in her own country.

“A House Made of Splinters” by Simon Lereng Wilmond

Denmark-Finland-Sweden-Ukraine, 2022

As the war in eastern Ukraine puts a heavy strain on needy families living near the front lines of the fire, a small group of social workers show tremendous determination, working tirelessly in a special orphanage. The aim of the group is to create an almost magical environment, in which children will live safely as long as the state and judicial authorities decide their future and that of their families.

“Atlantis” (“Atlantis”) by Valentin Vasianovich

Ukraine, 2019

Eastern Ukraine, year 2025, in the aftermath of a devastating war. The environment has been irreparably damaged, the whole area has been declared uninhabitable and people are wandering around like elements looking for a way to feel alive. Sergii, a former soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, joins a volunteer group that identifies the dead in mass graves. The icy voice of the medical examiner is intertwined with the brutality and cold haze of the post-apocalyptic landscape, in a dystopian parable about the hope that grows in the most unexpected places and the humanity that survives under the ruins.

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