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Exclusive: Cinephil picks up “Ukraine is not a Brothel”

Tel Aviv-based indie Cinephil has acquired world rights for Australian director Kitty Green's debut doc Ukraine is not a Brothel (pictured), ahead of its premiere at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.
August 27, 2013

Tel Aviv-based indie Cinephil has acquired world rights for Australian director Kitty Green’s debut doc Ukraine is not a Brothel (pictured), ahead of its premiere at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.

The 78-minute film looks at Ukraine’s topless feminist collective Femen, who have stirred up press attention across Europe.

Outraged by the world’s perceived image of Ukrainian women as being either brides for sale or commodities of sex tourism, Femen bare their breasts “in protest, in order to disrupt this perception and agitate these brutal patriarchal forces,” according to the film’s billing.

In a statement, Green said: “The truth behind Ukraine’s topless feminist movement has yet to be revealed in any of the thousands of press articles about Femen. Ukraine is not a Brothel is a shocking glimpse into the secret lives of these bold and beautiful women.

“It is a film that speaks volumes about the brutal strength of patriarchal culture throughout the Eastern bloc.”

The film joins Cinephil’s documentary catalog, alongside works such as the forthcoming Wim Wenders-helmed 3D series Cathedrals of Culture; Joshua Oppenheimer’s controversial doc The Act of Killing; and Dror Moreh’s Oscar-nominated film The Gatekeepers, which was produced by Cinephil MD Philippa Kowarsky.

Ukraine is not a Brothel plays in Venice out of competition on September 4, 5 and 6.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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