Expat Cinema: Olga (Ukraine edition)
Once every two months, International Center and Cinecitta organize Expat Cinema. The film evening for internationals in Tilburg! We pick a relevant movie and International Center facilitates extra activities, such as lectures, live music, drinks and more.
Once every two months, International Center Tilburg and Cinecitta organize Expat Cinema. The film evening for internationals in Tilburg! We pick a relevant movie and International Center facilitates extra activities, such as lectures, live music, drinks and more. This month: Olga.
Everyone knows about the war in Ukraine. Much has been written and said about it. Before the film screening, International Center gives the stage to 3 speakers who will shed light on this topic. We will listen to a personal story, a scientific point of view on the consequences of the war, and the experiences of a Dutch refugee organisation. Attention will also be paid to what (international) residents of Tilburg can do to help. Proceeds from this event will be donated to humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
The film: Olga
The 15-year-old Olga is one of the best Ukrainian gymnasts of the moment and a champion in the making. She can think of nothing but training for the European Championship that is getting closer and closer. But when her mother's journalistic work begins to endanger their lives, Olga is sent to a host family in Switzerland for her own safety. With a good dose of dedication, magnesium and tightly taped wrists, Olga throws herself into her gymnastics routine to secure a coveted spot in the Swiss team.
When the Euromaiden protests erupt in Kyiv – with her mother and best friend on the front lines – Olga is torn between her sporting ambitions and the love for her native country. Olga is a moving story about physically strong yet mentally vulnerable young gymnasts, set against the political backdrop of the Ukrainian revolution in 2013. Debut director Elie Grappe worked for Olga with real gymnasts. None of them had acted before. Olga premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and is the Swiss Oscar entry.
Stay and talk
After the film, International Center provides the opportunity to stay and talk. At Cinecitta there is a beautiful seating area where you can sit and talk comfortably.