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Olga – Begins July 22

Director: Elie Grappe Run Time: 90 min. Release Year: 2021 Language: French, Ukrainian, Russian w/ English subtitles

Starring: Caterina Barloggio, Nastya Budiashkina, Sabrina Rubtsova, Tanya Mikhina, Thea Brogli

Tagline: Set in 2014, this award winning drama follows a talented gymnast as she leaves  Ukraine for Switzerland after her journalist mother is targeted by the Yanukovich regime on the eve of the Maidan Revolution. Kino Lorber, the film’s distributor, will donate 10% of ticket revenue to Direct Relief for their work in Ukraine.

Synopsis: A talented young gymnast from Kiev, played by real-life former Ukrainian national team member Anastasiia Budiashkina, moves to Switzerland to pursue her Olympic dreams in Elie Grappe’s award-winning drama. Set in 2014, the film follows 15-year-old Olga as she tries to make friends on her new team and adjust to life in her new home. As she relentlessly trains in preparation for the European Championships, her friends and family back in the Ukraine are taking to the streets in what would become known as the Maidan Revolution. Olga is left a powerless, distant bystander as her mother, an investigative journalist, faces danger and violence in her work challenging the brutal Yanukovich regime. The historic events depicted in the film are intricately linked with the subsequent Russian invasion, providing rich insight into the current situation in the Ukraine, yet Grappe’s camera never strays from the point of view of a remarkable young woman struggling to find her way in the world. Can Olga reconcile her personal goals as a gymnast with the living history unfolding in her homeland? This tense yet delicate portrait of exile, ambition, and identity won the SACD Prize at Cannes Critics Week and features a star-making turn from its fearless lead.

Critic Quotes:

“Shot with a documentary-style naturalism and propulsive restlessness that mirrors Olga’s ferocious drive, this is a terrific, timely feature debut.” – Observer (UK)

“…here is this quietly poignant film, a heartbreaking reminder of the cost in individual lives and dreams.”
– New York Times

Showtimes: 

Friday, July 22, 2022: 12:00, 7:00

Saturday July 23: 2:30, 6:30

Sunday, July 24, 2022: 4:30, 8:30

Monday, July 25, 2022: 12:00, 4:00

Tuesday, July 26, 2022: 2:00, 6:00

Wednesday, July 27, 2022: 4:30, 8:30

Thursday, July 28, 2022: 2:30, 6:30

Ticket Prices: $12 Regular / $10 Students & Seniors / $9 Members

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6xf-JxQTUI

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