Ukrainian film Pulse now included in the main program of two more international festivals

• 30.03.2021

After its victory at Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (Polson, USA) in January, Pulse feature will fight for the awards of two more festivals, in Nice (France) and Richmond (USA)

Another international festival for sports biopic is Nice International Film Festival (NIFF) to be held from May 31 until June 4 in Nice, France. This event is a part of Film Fest International, a group of five festivals (Nice, London, Antwerpen, Milan, and Madrid) promoting and discovering independent cinematographers from all over the world for 16 years now. The French festival put Pulse in six nominations: best film, best feature film in a foreign language, best director of a feature film in a foreign language (Sergiy Chebotarenko), best actor of a film in a foreign language (Stanislav Boklan), best actress of a film in a foreign language (Natalia Babenko), and a jury prize.

The following festival platform for Pulse is Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF). The event will be held on September 14-19, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. RIFF is a major international competition festival in the Mid-Atlantic states showcasing over 150 films from 35 countries. Later the festival’s organizational committee will announce which awards the biopic about Oksana Boturchuk is competing for.   

“I am amazed that a story about our athlete gets such feedback from international film community yet again. It is the third international festival to select Pulse, which confirms the high artistic quality of the film and the universality of ideas put into it. I am looking forward to the start of Ukrainian screenings,” says Sergiy Chebotarenko, film director.

"I congratulate our film crew on the selection to new film festivals and expect victory! It is really cool that this story is highly rated by international audience, and we hope for just as positive feedback from the Ukrainian audience,” says Egor Olesov, film producer.  

It is necessary to note that the first festival Pulse feature participated in was  FLIC (Polson, Montana, USA). It hosted the film’s international premiere, and it won two main awards of the festival as a result: Best Film and Best Director (Sergiy Chebotarenko).  

Just a reminder: due to the introduction of strict lockdown in many Ukrainian cities, Pulserelease was postponed to this summer. The new premiere date will be communicated later.

Pulse feature is based on a real story of Ukrainian track and field athlete and Paralympics champion of 2008 Oksana Boturchuk. The movie was produced by KINOROB (part of FILM.UA Group) with the support of Ukrainian Ministry of Culture.

You can watch the official trailer to the film here.

The film is distributed on the territory of Ukraine by Kinomania and FILM.UA Distribution, the latter also responsible for international sales.

The official partner of the first Ukrainian feature about the life of athletes is Kyivstar, national mobile communications operator.*

You can follow the project news on its official pages in  Facebook and Instagram.

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Ukrainian premiere: 2021

Genre: sports drama

Production: KINOROB (Battle for Sevastopol, The Stronghold, The Rising Hawk, Mr Jones)

Distributors: Kinomania and FILM.UA Distribution

Director: Sergiy Chebotarenko

Producer: Egor Olesov

Cameraman: Yuriy Korol

Screenwriters: Yaroslav Voytseshek, Maksym Chernysh 

Art director: Maria Ostrovska

Composer: Yevhen Filatov

Costume designer: Ruslan Khvastov

Makeup artist: Alla Leonova

Cast: Natalia Babenko (Oksana), Stanislav Boklan (coach), Viktoria Levhchenko (Olena, Oksana’s sister), Natalya Dolya (mother), Oleksandr Kobzar (father), Lilia Rebryk (coach Iryna, Akhtem Seitablayev (doctor), Roman Yasinovsky (Dmytro), Maksym Samchyk (Maks), Sergiy Luzanovsky (Sergiy), Darya Barikhashvili (Hanna), and others. 

Synopsis: A young Ukrainian track and field athlete lives in a small town and has a big dream – to make it to the Olympic Games. Her sports career is only starting but she demonstrates good results. However, due to a terrible car accident the girl suffers grave injuries and almost loses her eyesight.  It seems that now Oksana has lost all chances not just to make it to the coveted Olympic Games but also to live a normal life. However, the girl is not going to give up and plans to prove that there are no obstacles on the way to a real dream. 

* Information about the company:

Kyivstar is a major Ukrainian telecommunications operator providing communications and data transfer services using a wide range of mobile and fixed technologies for 25.8 mobile communications subscribers and 1.1 million fixed Internet subscribers. 4G services of the company are available on the territory where 87% of Ukrainian population lives. Kyivstar’s shareholder is VEON Ltd group with an office in the Netherlands. The Group’s shares are traded on NASDAQ (New York) and Euronext (Amsterdam) stock markets. Kyivstar has worked in Ukraine for 23 years and is the biggest taxpayer to state budget at the telecom market, one of the best employers and a socially responsible company.

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