To say that the opening of the 13th edition of Docudays UA here in Kiev last night was joyous is an understatement. If there was any award for the visually best, most intelligent and funny opening ceremony of a documentary festival the first prize would go to the organizers of this festival.
A CCCP hypnotist emerged on the film screen and on a television set to put us the audience under the influence – with the famous bears popping up once in a while. Cameras were catching the (humorous) effect it had on faces in the audience. And there were streams and dots of light in the totally full hall of the Cinema House. As colleague and jury member Pamela Cohn writes on her FB page: ”… most psychedelic opening ceremony goes to Docudays UA”.
The festival programme was introduced, section by section with fine edited teasers for each one of them.
The opening film was Vitaly Manski’s ”Under the Sun”.
Docudays UA has started with bravour!