A special screening of the Ukranian Film Olga with all proceeds going to the Ukranian Relief Fund
Director: Elie Grappe
Cast: Anastasia Budiashkina, Sabrina Rubtsova, Caterina Barloggio
85 minutes, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, 2021, Cert 15A
Olga (Anastasia Budiashkina) is a talented 15-year-old gymnast with a bright future that might take her all the way to the Olympics. Given the chance to train in Switzerland, she leaves Kiev just as the Ukraine experiences unprecedented political turmoil. Ruthlessly focused on her training, Olga is left a distant bystander as her mother, an investigative journalist, challenges a brutal regime.
Elie Grappe’s impressive debut is a subtle, tensely handled tale of exile reflecting the pressures on young athletes, the clash between the personal and the political, and a young woman’s search for who she is and what she is prepared to sacrifice.