Switzerland / France / Ukraine
In Cinemas May 4 / Charity Previews May 3 Directed by: Elie Grappe Written by: Raphaelle Desplechin and Elie Grappe Starring: Anastasis Budiashkina, Sabrina Rubtsova, Caterina Barloggio, Théa Brogli, Jérôme Martin, and Tanya Mikhina
2013. A 15-year-old gymnast from Ukraine is torn between Switzerland – where she is training for the European Championship in preparation for the Olympics – and Kiev, where her mother works as a journalist, reporting on Euromaidan (in November 2013, a wave of large-scale protests, known as Euromaidan, began in response to President Yanukovych's sudden decision not to sign a political association and free trade agreement with the European Union (EU), instead choosing closer ties to Russia).
Winner - Best Film: Swiss Film Prize Winner - Best Screenplay: Swiss Film Prize Winner - Best Sound: Swiss Film Prize …and many more
Reviews: ★★★★ “Political gymnastics drama sets the bar high” THE OBSERVER (Sport Films) ★★★★ “Budiaskina is excellent as a young athlete excited during the 2014 revolution in this moving drama” THE GUARDIAN ★★★★ “a timely story of a Ukrainian gymnast torn between her homeland and her ambition." THE TIMES (UK)
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