Irish Film Institute -STAND WITH UKRAINE: OLGA


Director: Elie Grappe

90 mins, Switzerland-France, 2021, Digital, Subtitled

A talented teenage Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland dreams of Olympic gold in Elie Grappe’s multi-award-winning drama.

Fifteen-year-old Olga is trying to fit in with her new team in her new home. But as prepares for the European Championships, the Ukrainian people stage a revolution. Olga is left a powerless, distant bystander as her mother, an investigative journalist, faces danger as she challenges a brutal regime. Can Olga reconcile her personal goals with the history unfolding in her homeland?

A subtle, tensely handled tale of exile reflecting the pressures on young athletes, the clash between the personal and the political, and young woman’s search for who she is and what she is prepared to sacrifice.

Ticket profits from this screening will go to the Red Cross and Unicef Ukraine Appeals.

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