Julia Blue Directed
Roxy Toporowych USA, Ukraine / 2018 / 89 minutes New York Premiere
In Ukrainian and Russian with subtitles
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films I RHINEBECK
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Roxy Toporowych, Ben Kim
All Julia has ever wanted was to do good. Filmed just after the 2014 revolution in war-torn Ukraine, Julia, determined and vivacious, is an excellent student, a heartfelt volunteer and a passionate activist. While waiting to be accepted to photojournalism school in Germany, she unexpectedly finds herself falling for English, a handsome and brooding soldier who’s dealing with the physical and emotional devastation of war. Will Julia’s goals and dreams be thwarted by her soldier? Can she leave just when he needs her the most? Punctuated by stirring cinematography – depicting the post-revolution country from Kyiv to a remote Capathian village — Julia Blue serves as a reminder of the hardest choices humankind deals with: living or loving? It brings heart and compassion to war, and opens our eyes to how intense and fleeting love is when people are fighting for their lives. —Dainara Delija
BIO: Roxy Toporowych is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has worked in set decoration for 15 years. Credits include: Captain America: Winter Soldier, The Other Guys, A Most Violent Year, SNL and Marvel TV’s The Punisher. She also works as a documentary field producer, most recently on the features Batman & Bill and Believer. Previously, Toporowych directed a dance documentary, Folk!
In 2014, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Ukraine, where she researched and wrote Julia Blue, her narrative directing debut. She is a 2016 IFP Narrative Lab Directing Fellow and the recipient of the 2016 Calvin Klein "Live the Dream" grant for emerging female directors.
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