(Ukraina, Tyskland, Ukraina, Storbritannia)
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 should also have spent half of his author salary on Odessa's famous ice cream. It is hard not to be fascinated by Odessa's rich history, which dates back to time as a Greek colony in antiquity via the Russian tsarism and to the later Soviet Union. The rich history is reflected in the city's architectural details – as eclectic as the population has ever been.
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