Alliance Française de Chicago
54 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60610
Thursday, Nov 30, 2023 | 6:30-8:30 pm
EUNIC CHICAGO | Ukrainian Film Series | Nov 6 – Dec 11, 2023
Please join the EUNIC Chicago Cluster at the Alliance française for the Chicago premiere of the documentary Home Games by Alisa Kovalenko .
Directed by Alisa Kovalenko
2018, Documentary, 1h20, Ukraine
A crucial season in the life of Alina, a 20-year-old girl from Kiev whose passion for football has saved her from destitution. Alina has become a professional player, but suddenly life brings a new challenge: her mother dies, leaving behind two young siblings, Renat and Regina, and an almost-blind grandma. Now, Alina faces a choice: football or family.
In Russian with English subtitles
Free and open to the public (registration on eventbrite required)
Alisa Kovalenko (1987) is a Ukrainian director, born in Zaporizhia, Eastern Ukraine, living in Kyiv. She graduated the Karpenko-Kary University of Cinema of Kyiv and the Andrzej-Wajda cinema school of Warsaw. Her first feature-documentary “Alisa in Warland”premiered at IDFA Amsterdam in 2015 in the First Appearance competition. Alisa’s second documentary, “Home Games” was again an IDFA selection, selected in more than 120 festiovals and being the first Ukrainian creative film acquired by Netflix. Alisa has become a member of The European Film Academy (EFA) in 2019. She’s the programmer of the Molodist Kyiv FF documentary competition. In March 2022, she went to fight for her country in the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
EUNIC Chicago provides a space for European cultural institutions to come together, exchange ideas and collaborate on projects. We are dedicated to providing an authentic and meaningful European experience, bringing together the best of European cultures to share with the city of Chicago. By working together, we are able to foster an environment of mutual understanding and appreciation between Europe and the US. We strive to bring new perspectives to the forefront and provide a space for dialogue between cultures.
The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.
Alliance française de Chicago
The Alliance Française de Chicago is over 120 years old and is part of an international network of over 1,100 Alliances and affiliated cultural centers worldwide. It is the second oldest Alliance Française in the US and second largest after the Alliance Française in New York City. Classes are offered for all ages and levels of French, leading to certifications in French for professional purposes or simply for experiencing another language and its various cultures. It also hosts an impressive array of events, bringing notable lecturers to Chicago: authors, filmmakers and directors, winemakers, chefs, designers, historians, actors and performing artists.