European ‘Oscar' Night: Ukrainian documentary among recommended nominees

European ‘Oscar' Night: Ukrainian documentary among recommended nominees‘All Things Ablaze' selected among 15 contenders for nomination for European Film Academy Awards 2015

A Ukrainian film documenting the Euromaidan revolution titled, ‘All Things Ablaze' has been recommended to be nominated for the European Film Academy Awards. This is the first ever EFA Documentary Selection.

But this isn't the first time a Ukrainian film has been noticed by those judging the prestigious awards show. Last year Ukrainian drama "The Tribe" won the European Discovery 2014 Prize at the EFAA.

‘All Things Ablaze', directed by Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov and Dmitry Stoykov, tells the story of the peoples' outrage, confusion and chaos during a somewhat difficult chapter of Ukraine's modern history.

The Ukrainian directors describe the reasoning behind the title of the documentary, "when the first casualties on both sides fall, no matter how black and white it seems from the outside, the border between good and bad blurs. And finally, all things ablaze."

Directors say that Ukraine's Euromaidan revolution changed the nation and they felt obliged to show in detail the events from their epicenter. Their job, the directors added, at the time included keeping the camera rolling during the beautiful, dreadful, and strange events which unfolded on Kyiv's Independence square in 2014.

Among the 15 nominees are ‘Grozny Blues' about the daily life in Chechnya, ‘A Syrian Love Story' which depicts lovers' struggle to stay together during the Arab Spring revolution and 'Amy' about six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse, who died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

Source: Ukraine Today
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