From the Pearl of the Black Sea to a political game piece
Odessa's international film festival was naturally influenced by political themes this year.
(Ukraine, Germany, Ukraine, United Kingdom)
One author once warned: Don't travel to Odessa! The sweet scent of the blossoming acacia trees will seduce you, and your heart will be lost forever.
The port city on the sunny shores of the Black Sea - where I have been invited to the Odessa International Film Festival - has always been known as the city of artists and has inspired many of Russia's foremost writers. Alexander Pushkin completed the second chapter of his masterpiece Eugen Onegin here, while Nikolaj Gogol wrote the lion's share of Dead souls in Odessa. Anton Chekhov is also said to have spent half of his author's salary on Odessa's famous ice cream. It's hard not to be fascinated by Odessa…
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