This year, the 49th Molodist International Film Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary and will take place from August 22 to 30, 2020. The event will combine physical venues with the additional involvement of its own online platform.

 The main locations of the film festival will be the Zhovten cinema, the new festival center with screenings of competition and non-competition programs, including Ukrainian premieres; the Cinema House, a venue for festival screenings and a series of master classes as part of Talent Workshop; and a specially designed open-air cinema under the ’Peoples’ Friendship Arch’, which will host the Opening and Award Ceremonies of the festival, the Molodist Teen Screen program of children's films, Ukrainian premieres and special events.

The festival will open with "The Forgotten" directed by Daria Onishchenko, a film co-produced by Ukraine and Switzerland. Its Ukrainian premiere will take place on August 22, during the Opening Ceremony of the 49th Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival.

Frame from The Forgotten, dir. Daria Onyshchenko

About the film:

"The Forgotten" is a Ukraine-Switzerland coproduction. The film won its first prize as a work-in-progress at the Odesa International Film Festival in 2019, a Ukrainian Institute award for a film with highest international potential.

One of the roles in the film is performed by prominent Ukrainian artist and sculptor Maria Kulikovska, whose performance of destroying her own sculptures recreates the true event that happened at the Izolyatsia art centre in Donetsk after its seizing by separatists in 2014.

Director: Daria Onyschenko Gold

Screenwriter: Daria Onyschenko Gold, Claudia Lehmann

Director of Photography: Erol Zubcevic

Producers: Igor Savychenko, Claudia Lehmann, Dmytro Kozhema

Editor: Simon Gutknecht

Music: Martin Skalsky

Sound: Oleksandr Shatkivskiy

Cast: Maryna Koshkina, Daniil Kamenskiy, Vasyl Kukharskiy, Oleksiy Gorbunov, Maria Kulikovska, Anastasia Khalpakhchi

Production: Directory Films with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and Lehmann Sisters with the support of the Federal Office of Culture, Switzerland

Year: 2019

Duration: 90 min

Country: Ukraine, Switzerland

Genre: drama

Language: Ukrainian, Russian

Additional materials: POSTER / FRAMES

Eventual conditions of the festival will depend on the relevant pandemic situation in Kyiv and the City Administration’s sanitary requirements in effect at the time.