On October 9, 2014, Film at the Institute held a screening of film Gamer in support of Oleh Sentsov, who has been illegally detained by Russian Federal Security Service in Crimea.
Oleh Sentsov is a Ukrainian filmmaker and writer, best known for his 2011 film Gamer. He was arrested in Crimea and convicted to 20 years in jail by Russian court on charges of plotting terrorism acts. The conviction was widely described as fabricated or exaggerated.
Sentsov was born 13 July 1976 in Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR. He was an economics student in Kyiv and took courses in film directing and screenwriting in Moscow. His first two short movies were A Perfect Day for Bananafish (2008) and The Horn of a Bull (2009). Gamer, his first feature, debuted at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2012. Its success in this and other festivals helped him secure funding for the forthcoming feature Rhino, production on which was postponed due to his work with the Euromaidan protest movement. It was scheduled to begin shooting in the summer of 2014.
After the November 2013 breakout of the Euromaidan protests Sentsov became an activist of “AutoMaidan” and during the 2014 Crimean crisis he helped deliver food and supplies to Ukrainian servicemen trapped in their Crimean bases. Sentsov stated that he did not recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea.