Date: 01/11/2022 Times: 7:30 pm - 8:55 pm

Olga won an Authors Society award at the Cannes Festival. It is a timely film as it gives you some of the background to the present war in Ukraine. It has been described as ‘essential viewing for arthouse audiences’ because it is set at the end of 2013 when the Ukrainian people rose up to protest against the Government of the time.

Olga (Anastasia Budiashkina) is a talented teenage Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland, dreaming of Olympic gold and trying to fit in with her new team in her new home. As she prepares for the European Championships, the Ukrainian people back home in Kyiv rise up in what has become known as the Maidan Revolution, suddenly involving everyone she cares about. Olga is left a powerless, distant bystander as her mother, an investigative journalist, faces danger as she challenges the brutal Yanukovich regime. Incorporating documentary footage from the 2013 uprising, Olga is a tense, sensitively handled tale of exile reflecting the clash between the personal and the political in a young woman’s search for identity.

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Click below for a review, trailer and further information about the film.


Year: 2021

Country: Switzerland

Cert: 15

Duration: 85 mins

Dir: Elie Grappe

'Political gymnastics drama sets the bar high'

Venue: William Loveless Hall