“Love Me” Film screening and discussion
In the first installment of a four-part retrospective of the Ukrainian film producer Olena Yershova, the Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University will screen the romantic drama Love me, 2013, directed by Maryna Er Horbach (Ukraine) and Mehmed Bahadir Er (Turkey). A Turkish man travels to Kyiv for his bachelor party before he is forced to marry somebody his parents chose for him. He meets a Ukrainian woman and, in her, the true love he had all but gave up on. This international coproduction opens the first of a kind retrospective of Ukrainian producer Olena Yershova.
When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 7:00 PM
Where: Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th St. (off Amsterdam Ave.)
Ukrainian, Turkish, and Russian with English subtitles
Yuri Shevchuk will introduce the film and mediate the discussion
Free and open to the public
From the official film synopsis:
“The second feature of talented young directorial duo of Maryna Er Gorbach and Mehmet Bahadir Er, “Love Me” is an unusual romance combining comedy and drama in an intricate and touching style.
Sasha is an attractive Ukrainian woman who decides to end a long-term relationship with a married lover from Moscow. Fighting the fear of loneliness, she brings home a foreigner in order to get pregnant and never see him again. Cemal is a young Turkish man, betrothed by his family to a girl he’s never seen. Despite his aspirations of true love, he has no choice but to oblige to tradition.
Dragged by his uncle and cousin in the middle of winter to Ukraine for his bachelor party, the young man suddenly finds himself in the night clubs of Kyiv. Things might just change for the young man, when he stumbles upon beautiful Sasha, an independent and self-confident woman with an agenda of her own. Surprisingly, Cemal turns out to be the man who makes Sasha feel like a real woman for the first time in her life and not ‘an evening lady’ who is called to satisfy men’s sexual needs.
Despite the language barrier the chemistry between them is undeniable.
Even after this deep emotional experience, Sasha still faces a dilemma: to learn to love or to keep running away from herself in the everlasting sex marathon…?
Is there any chance for true love?...
Sprinkled with hilarious notes of cultural clashes and an endearing display of the kindness of strangers, this idiosyncratic “comedy drama” will warm hearts in the most unexpected way.”