The top films in Ukrainian cinema were honoured last month at Ukraine’s own version of the Academy Awards (Golden Dzygas). Cyborgs, the $2 million USD film recounting the heroic defence of the Donetsk International Airport, was the big winner of the night, winning Best Picture, Best Actor (Vyacheslav Dovzhenko), Best Supporting Actor (Victor Zhdanov), Best Screenwriter (Natalia Vorozhbit), and two other awards. Falling, Ukraine’s entry for Best Foreign Film at the US Academy Awards, was also recognised, winning Best Actress (Dasha Plakhtiy), Best Composer (Nikita Moiseev), and Best Sound Engineering (Sergey Stepansky). Other notable winners were the 1920s Kharkiv-set House of Word for Best Documentary, Prychynna: The Story of Love for Best Animated Film, and Sergei Loznitsa as Best Director for A Gentle Creature. The red carpet ceremony was held at Kyiv’s Parkovy Exhibition Centre on 20 April.
Our guest columnist this week, Yuri Palokiwsky, has eloquently described the Ukrainian perspective on Ukraine’s move to gain more religious autonomy. Moscow has a different perspective. For the nonreligious among us, this may be a confusing topic, but the bottom line is that the activities of the Russian branch of the Orthodox church in Ukraine […]
A man who came out of nowhere, had no political clout or reputation, had no local following or history of community leadership, had been put in charge (by Moscow) of the unrecognised non-entity created (by Moscow) in Ukraine’s Donetsk region that is (nominally) called the “Donetsk People’s Republic.” His name was Alexander Zakharchenko, and he […]
After two successful seasons of holding a national championship, the Ukrainian Ice Hockey Federation announced this summer that they will launch a national women’s team for the first time in 23 years. The federation announced that Vadim Radchenko, coach of the national champion Kharkiv Panthers, will be the team’s first head coach. Tryouts for the […]
In years gone by, Ukrainians were forced to wait in lines outside embassies in all seasons to submit mountains of documents in order to obtain visas to travel to different countries. That was considered “normal”, or at least just how things were. But much has changed over the last few years, and Ukrainians now hold […]