Culture News, 11/09/2017

Ukrainian Movie Day in Eastern Europe’s Oldest Surviving Cinema

Festive and educational events devoted to the Ukrainian Movie Day started in Bommer cinema in Kharkiv on September 7.

The celebration began with the “The Genius of Vasyl Stus” documentary. The film session had been preceded by a discussion with filmmakers, critics, teachers of specialized higher education institutions, authorities and the public.

Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration Yulia Svitlychna took part in the event and congratulated all those present on the professional holiday.

“I am proud, that in recent years, Ukrainian movie has acquired a quality mark. We can see the works of various genres on Ukrainian channels. These are both documentaries and historical films made in Ukraine,” she noted.

According to Bommer cinema director Tatiana Nastasienko, it is the oldest working cinema not only in Ukraine but also in Eastern Europe. And the dean of cinema and television faculty of the Kharkiv State Academy of Culture professor Zoya Alferova has reminded that Kharkiv is remembered in the history of cinema, due to the world’s first movie camera inventor Joseph Timchenko who studied here.

Events devoted to the Ukrainian Movie Day lasted in Bommer until September 10. The best Ukrainian short films presented at Odessa International Festival and other film festivals were shown on September 8-9.

On September 9-10, Bommer cinema presented the “The Night of the Ukrainian Short Films” program, which includes several almanacs of the most interesting shorts films.

Reference: In 1908, the French brothers Bommer opened the first stationary cinema in Kharkiv. It was the first of its type which was specially designed to screen movies.

Text: Natalia Ivanova

Photo: Status Quo