A Special Focus on Ukraine
Every year, Cheltenham International Film Festival selects one country for our “Country in Focus” strand of the festival. This year, we could not miss the opportunity to recognise Ukrainian films and filmmakers – to shine a light on a country which for too long has been under the radar. Among the films we plan from Ukraine are: Reflection, Olga, Rhino and Stop-Zemelia. Rhino was co-produced by Dariusz Jablonski who will take part in the festival and directed by Oleg Sentsov, who has since bravely exchanged the red carpet of film premieres for the muddy fields of war. We are planning to introduce a celebrated guest or two to turn the screening of Rhino into a special occasion, to raise money for Ukrainian refugees from ticket sales.