International Film Festival Rotterdam

Juri Rechinsky – Ugly #IFFR2017

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A film difficult to watch because it deals with difficult themes.

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11 min. and 43 sec.

PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Juri Rechinsky, director of UGLY from the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam.

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UGLY marks the fiction feature debut of filmmaker Juri Rechinsky. In this interview he tells us that it is not meant to be a “pleasant” film. It was also a difficult film to make for reasons that he talks about in this film. Ultimately, one of its key intentions is to expose the audience to a reality, which he believes is that “the core problem is the same: we are afraid of dying, we are afraid of losing people we love and we have no chance to avoid it.” Working on UGLY was also important for him on a personal level. Furthermore, there is a reason why he feels drawn to this specific time of concept, subject and context. In this interview, he tells us what reason is.

UGLY: Following an accident, Hanna from Austria, who is in a relationship with Jura from Kiev, ends up in hospital in Ukraine with a fractured skull. In wonderful tableaux, shot by Ulrich Seidl’s regular cameraman Wolfgang Thaler, this oppressive debut by Rechinskyshows the pain of existence on the periphery of Europe.


  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Juri Rechinsky
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
  • Festival section
    Bright Future
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