46th Molodist International Film Festival Kyiv

22.10.2016 to 30.10.2016

Juha Rajamäki (left) and Ninfa Watt, members of the Ecumenical Jury, at the opening party

"Keeper", a film by Belgian director Guillaume Senez, won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in the section of full-length films in Kyiv's "Molodist" film festival 2016. It was also awarded by the International Jury. Also in the short film section both juries decided for the same winner: "Ascensão" (Ascension) by Pedro Peralta from Portugal. For the first time, the Ecumenical Jury awarded a prize to a film from the student films competition. The prize went to the film "Esel" (Carry On) by Rafael Haider from Austria.

The Grand Prix of the festival was awarded to "Ostatnia rodzina" (The Last Family), directed by Jan P. Matuszyński (Poland).

"Une vie" by Stéphane Brizé, a story about a woman's life based on a novel by Guy de Maupassant, was the opening film of the 46th Molodist International Film Festival. It had 250 programme entries in six competition sections and a number of special programmes, among them a selection of Hungarian films dedicated to the memory of the 1956 uprising. The Ecumenical Jury chose its winners from the competition for first full feaure films, the competition for first professional short films and the competition for student films. For the closing film festival director Andrij Khalpakhchi selected the last film by Andrzej Wajda who died recently at the age of 90: "Powiki" (Afterimage), about the Polish avantgarde painter and theorist Władysław Strzemiński and his fight against Stalinist art doctrine.

Link: Festival-Website



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A film about a girl and a boy, normal school things, music, football trainings and the possibility to proceed towards a professional level. And pregnancy, which puts their life in a new position: what to do, what decisions have to be made, and by whom?

The film approaches the complex question of pregnancy in teenage. Especially in this case from the boy´s perspective. How to meet the demands to become a father and get his own voice to be heard. The path of life can give a new direction.

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In the misty dawn a group of villagers tries to rescue the body of a young man who has drowned in a well. The body is laid down to his mother's lap. From that moment onwards the mystery of awakening both the young man and the morning catch the viewer's attention.

A very poetic film full of symbols and metaphors challenges the viewer to interpret both the mystery of death and life of human beings, nature, and to reflect Biblical references.

Extremely detailed filming with colours, sounds and movements keeps the viewers in grip from the beginning to the very end.

Carry On
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An old married couple lives on an isolated farm with their animals. Especially the old donkey is important for the husband. Loosing it is harder than he could imagine.

With a humoristic touch the film describes the importance of the presence of both human beings and animals and the simple connection with nature.

Without too many words in the film viewers, both old and young, can feel the deepest longing of love.