News from Our AcademiciansThe film "Guide" by Oles Sanin is released in the USA

Oles Sanin's 2014 historical film "The Guide" will be shown in 45 US states this year. All proceeds will be sent to support Ukraine.


From Friday, the iconic movie will be shown in more than 600 U.S. theatres in 45 states, which is an unprecedented success for screening Ukrainian films in the United States. 100% of the proceeds from tickets and donations during the screenings will go to humanitarian aid organisations in Ukraine and to Ukrainian refugees.
"Some American distributors, in particular our friend Yuriy Shevchuk, who runs a film club at Columbia University in New York, said that we would do test screenings... Afterwards, an increasing interest in the film was expressed, and other distributors joined. We were looking for various friends and acquaintances in the United States," Oles stated.

Stills from the film "Guide" by Oles Sanin

The screening, which gathered two auditoriums, was attended by former Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton and other American politicians.

Director and Academician of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine Oles Sanin

Yuriy Shevchuk, professor and head of the Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University, and Marshall Stross, President of the Human & Civil Rights Organizations of America, have helped to bring the film back to the screens. In collaboration with Oles Sanin and producer Maxim Asadchiy, they screened The Guide on March 13 at the Salem Cinema in Salem city, Massachusetts.

After enormous success, the film was praised by the American media, and a number of Hollywood companies offered their promotion and distribution services free of charge. The number of screenings is growing at an exponential rate: every day more and more cinemas in the US and Canada join the initiative.
It is worth reminding that the world premiere of the film "The Guide, or Flowers Have Eyes" took place at the Odesa International Film Festival on July 16, 2014. The film was released in Ukraine on November 12, 2014. The plot is based on the travels of an American boy and a Ukrainian blind musician in Soviet Ukraine on the threshold of and during the Holodomor. The film production lasted for 10 years. The film was nominated for an Oscar and was presented at many international film festivals.
Today, the creators of the film, like all Ukrainians, have joined the movement of resistance to Russian aggression. The production team of Pronto Film is engaged in the logistics of supplies from Europe. The cameraman Serhiy Mykhalchuk documents the work of Ukrainian troops on the front line.
The artists keep on fighting on the creative front. The new joint work of Oles Sanin, Serhiy Mykhalchuk and Pronto Film "Dovbush" is expected to have its world premiere at international film festivals and the opportunity to meet the audience in screening after Ukraine's victory.