Swiss nominee for Oscars 2022! Remarkable, coming of age drama on a Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland when war breaks out at home. “For freedom we will give our body and soul” is a song from the Maidan revolution where Olga’s mom, an activist and journalist, struggles for freedom while her daughter must make important decisions on her own. They are both devoted, they are both passionate.
Switzerland, France, Ukraine | 2021 | 85 min
PRODUCTION: Jean-Marc Frohle – Point Prod, Tom Dercourt – Cinema Defacto
CAST: Anastasia Budiashkina, Caterina Barloggio, Jerome Martin
SCREENPLAY: Elie Grappe, Raphaelle Desplechin
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Lucie Baudinaud
EDITING: Suzana Pedro
Olga is a talented teenage Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland. She is dreaming of Olympic gold and trying to fit in with her new team in her new home. As she prepares for the European Championships, the Ukrainian people back home in Kyiv rise up in what has become known as the Maidan Revolution, suddenly involving everyone she cares about. A tense, sensitively handled tale of exile reflecting the clash between the personal and the political.
Festivals & Awards (selection)
Cannes FF, 2021 – SACD Award for Best Screenplay at International Critics Week; World Premiere | Switzerland’s official submission for International Feature Film competition for the 94th Academy Awards | Brussels IFF, 2021 – Best International Feature Film, Audience Award | Gijon IFF, 2021 – Best Actress | Hamburg FF, 2021 – Best Feature | Palm Springs IFF, 2022 | Swiss Film Prize, 2022 – Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Sound
Born 1994 in France. Elie Grappe completed musical training at the National Conservatory in Lyon. After attending the preparatory course at École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL) he proceeded to study film, receiving his Bachelor in film from ECAL in 2015. His short documentary film REHEARSAL (2014) was selected for IDFA, Clermont-Ferrand and Krakow Film Festival. His short fiction film SUSPENDU (2015) was shown at 60 film festivals worldwide and garnered numerous awards. OLGA (2021) is his first feature-length fiction film. She lives and works in Switzerland.