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Country: USA, UKRAINE
Run Time: 89 minutes
An activist in war-torn Ukraine, Julia has become immersed in photography. She was inspired by the protests in Kiev, which spawned the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. Hoping to make a career as a photographer, she’s applied to school in Germany and is awaiting acceptance. In the meantime, she meets a soldier named English while volunteering at the local hospital. He was wounded in duty and sent home. The two quickly begin a beautiful romance together. There’s a common passion for politics and a calm, warm chemistry between them. Julia invites him to go with her to a family wedding. The trip will be a test for their new relationship. She still hasn’t told him about Germany, and he hasn’t explained the extent of his PTSD to her (the nightmares of battle are still haunting him, making it hard for true intimacy). Will these secrets be too much for their new love to handle? JULIA BLUE is a wonderfully honest love story, set against the gritty backdrop of war. Its examination of English’s torment serves as a reminder of the difficulties soldiers face when transitioning back to normal life. (In English, Ukrainian, and Russian with subtitles) —E.F.
Tower City Cinemas
Friday, April 06, 2018 at 7:15 PM
Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 3:15 PM
Monday, April 09, 2018 at 3:50 PM
Local Heroes Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Roxy Toporowych is a native of Parma, Ohio and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a B.F.A. in film and television. In 2014 Toporowych was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Ukraine. She is an IFP Narrative Lab Directing Fellow and the recipient of the Calvin Klein “Live the Dream” grant for emerging female directors.
Folk! (2010), JULIA BLUE (2018)
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