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Why Am I Alive wins Turkish Film Festival

The film by Ukrainian director Vilen Novak “Why I’m Alive” was recognized as the best in the Best Drama Feature Film nomination at the Turkish International Anatolian Film Awards.

Reported on Facebook film studio press officereports Ukrinform.

“The film of the Odessa film studio “Why I’m Alive” won the Best Drama Feature Film nomination at the Turkish International Anatolian Film Awards (AFA)”, the report says.

It is noted that AFA is an arts festival that includes cinema, music video, musical, web series and theater. It is organized annually in different cities of Turkey, the festival is open to directors and film lovers.

The purpose of the film festival is to promote films, helping directors improve their careers and popularize the culture of their people.

The film studio recalled that the plot of the film “Why I’m Alive” is based on real events that took place in the pre-war 1940 and in subsequent years in Mariupol.

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“Seventeen-year-old Frosya and Lenchik dream of getting married. But Frosya is Ukrainian, and Lenchik is Jewish – it’s very hard for the girl’s father to be born with such a family. Aleksey Ivanovich is a good man, but a peculiar Orthodox believer. Day of the war Lenchik goes to the front Occupation, denunciations, collaborationism, looting, fascist terror, executions of Jews… All this will have to go through the heroes and remain real people, “the press service of the film studio noted.

It was noticed here that the film “Why I’m Alive”, which was released in national distribution on November 4, 2021, became the winner of two international film festivals at once – FUTURE OF FILM AWARDS and Europe Film Festival, received the Grand Prix of the 10th Anniversary International Film Festival “Cinema and YOU ”, and was also recognized as the best feature film at the Future of Film Awards in North Macedonia.

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Cast: Roland Mishko, Anastasia Markiv, Viktor Zhdanov, Irina Melnik, Olga Radchuk, Alexei Gorbunov, Georgy Deliev, Maxim Goray, Elena Repina, Anastasia Borisova. The director of photography of the film is Daniil Dedkov, the production designer is Viktor Fomin, the composer is Vladimir Gronsky, the producers are Andrey Osipov and Elena Dementieva.

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