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"August the Eighth". Now in Ukraine?

2012-03-13 14:45

Ukraine has not removed Russian film "August the Eighth" from distribution in the cinemas of the country. Currently, the State Agency for Movies of Ukraine (Goskino) is considering the application on demonstration of this film in the country.

As reported by the Kavkaz-Uzel.ru, Ukraine has not removed Russian film "August the Eighth" from distribution in the cinemas of the country. Currently, the State Agency for Movies of Ukraine is considering the application on demonstration of this film in the country.

Ten days term of the application has not yet expired, thus the distribution licence has not been granted yet.

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Goskino consider hype, raised by a number of media and surrounding the film, just a promotional step, the edition reported.

"Actually, we consider this as a successful promotional step on the part of distributors to ensure increased popularity of the film in cinema theaters", the first deputy chairman of Ukrainian Goskino Sergey Semkin said.

Semkin did not exclude that the Goskino may take another 25 days for additional consideration of the application in the event of a discrepancy with respect to the index of this film - that is the age qualification.

At the same time, Ukrainian historian Vladimir Vyatrovich believes that the film "August the Eighth" is political propaganda. According to him, the proof of this is the fact that the film was shot for the public money of Russia, the IA Liga reported.

"We should not forget that this film was shot for the public money, so it is designed to play a certain role. This is political propaganda, which is a continuation of the informational war that is now being waged against Georgia, and somehow extrapolated in Ukraine", the historian said.

Yesterday, a number of media reported the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine banned the distribution of the film "August the Eighth", having canceled the distribution licence. As reported by the IA Donbass, this decision was taken after the appeal of the nationalist NGO "Freedom" and the Georgian diaspora. Representatives of the "Freedom" argue that this film stirs up ethnic hatred. "The purpose of the film, which is already banned in Moldova and Azerbaijan, is the manipulation of mass consciousness in order to whitewash Russian imperialism in general and the invasion of Georgia and occupation of its territory in particular", an activist of the "Freedom" Andrew Mohnik said.

At the same time, co-producer of the film "August the Eighth", Russian actor and director Fyodor Bondarchuk, explains the ban on showing this film in cinema theaters with Ukrainian "bureaucratic fuss" and the reluctance of Ukrainian bureaucrats to take responsibility for the relevant decision.

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