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Man With A Movie Camera delights Odessa

  • the audience on Potemkin Steps

    the audience on Potemkin Steps

August 2015 | Odessa Film Festival

This summer Michael Nyman visited Odessa to play a live score to Dziga Vertov's Man With a Movie Camera; before delighting a vast audience he took time to he took time out to visit some of the iconic locations of the classic film.

The 6th Odessa International Film Festival took place in Ukraine last month from 10-18 July. The British Council has a longterm relationship with the Festival, among other things working with partners to present outdoor screenings to vast and enthusiastic local audiences. This was led by our event screening of Hitchcock’s restored Blackmail, last year which attracted 15,000 people on the iconic Potemkin Steps. This year's treat was a grand-scale open-air screening of Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929) again on the  Potemkin Steps, and accompanied live by the Michael Nyman Band.

Part documentary and part cinematic art, Man with a Movie Camera captures daily life in 1920's Odessa with a variety of complex and innovative camera shots.

Renowned UK composer Michael Nyman himself was enthralled to be accompanying the film at a spot so close to where it was filmed and spent a day visiting the various locations with along with guide Ivan Kozlenko – director of National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre.  You can see Michael's discovery tour in a short film here: