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Love Me, director Maryna Er Horbach, 2013

Love Me, director Maryna Er Horbach, 2013

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 7:00pm
Deutsches Haus, Columbia University (420 West 116th Street (off Amsterdam Ave)

Olena Yershova’s Retrospective at Columbia.

Exploring Today’s Ukraine through Film


Since its inception 14 years ago, the Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University has primarily focused on the work of directors and actors. Now , for the first time, we would like to take a closer look at producers, the profession that is relatively new and in the process of defining itself in Ukraine’s contemporary film industry. After all, the old Soviet cinema from whose shadow the post-Soviet Ukrainian film is slowly emerging did not have film producers in the  customary sense.  Choosing from a dozen possible candidates this semester we showcase Olena Yershova. She comes from a celebrated filmmaking family; her father Kostiantyn Yershov wrote and directed eight films and is primarily celebrated for his screen adaptation of Mykola Hohol’s (Nikolai Gogol) story Viy, arguably the only horror film allowed to be made in the Soviet Union (1967).

Olena Yershova is a successful film producer in her own right with an impressive portfolio of more than ten feature films which garnered over a hundred awards worldwide. Her filmography includes My Joy (main competition at Cannes 2010), Frost (Directors’ Fortnight - Cannes 2017), Falling (Prix Du Public Jeanne Moreau at Premiers Plans, France, 2018), Gogita’s New Life (main competition at IDFA 2016), Motherland (Venice Critics’ Week 2015, Best Script and UNESCO Award nomination at the Asian Pacific Screen Awards 2015) and Blind Dates (Toronto IFF, Tokyo IFF, Palm Springs IFF, Berlinale - Forum, 2014). She has  successfully worked not only with Ukrainian, but also, with Georgian and Turkish directors.

The forthcoming retrospective will showcase four feature films produced by Olena Yershova in cooperation with four different directors, three of them representing the new generation of Ukrainian filmmakers. Each film brings into focus an important aspect of the current Ukrainian reality.

Love Me is about a romance between a Turkish man and a Ukrainian woman that unexpectedly grows out of what began as just another sordid case of sex tourism.


Love Me, directed by Maryna Er Horbach of Ukraine, 2013

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09/09/2018 - 7:00pm
“Love Me” Film screening and discussion

“Love Me” Film screening and discussion

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
Deutsches Haus, Columbia University (420 West 116th Street (off Amsterdam Ave)

“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.”