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Europe’s Stars Dazzle at Ukraine International Film Festival

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This year marks the 13th International Film Festival in Berdyansk, Ukraine. Actors and directors have come from all over Europe, including Russia, Belarus and Italy. Our Ukraine correspondent brings us more.

For one week the resort town of Berdyansk plunges into a truly stellar atmosphere. It holds the 13th International Film Festival.

And traditionally it is visited by many stars from the Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian film industry.

[Vladimir Goryansky, President of Film Festival]: (Male, Russian)
"The Berdyansk festival has some special aura because it had started once as a Festival for actors. Many actors -- you name them -- have come here for the past 13 years. "

The competition program of the festival involves well-known directors and beginners. Natalya Varley, a famous Russian actress, is on the jury. She says, first of all, she will evaluate movies as a spectator -- with her heart.

[Natalya Varley, Actress, Judge]: (Female, Russian)
"If it touches me, if it takes me, if it leads my associative thinking, if I start to fantasize, and after the movie I think of it for a long time, which means the film is good."

[Andrey Kurkov, Writer, Judge]: (Male, Russian)
"I think if the movie penetrates the audience and the cry or feel happy for the characters and then want to make friends with these characters, thinking that they are real, then this is a real movie."

This year's festival is full of surprises: night screenings on the beach, a children's film section, and, of course, numerous opportunities to meet favorite actors and actresses.


[Without a title bar]: (Male, Russian)
"Natalya Varley! In fact, we did not expect to see her here."

Film directors showcase their films made by Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, but other country's films including from Hungary, Italy, Turkey and Bulgaria have also made it to the silver screen.

NTD, Berdyansk, Ukraine.