From the heart of Odessa

59 min / 2007 / Digibeta


Alec Kopyt, a musician from Amsterdam returns to Moldavanka - the former Jewish neighbourhood of Odessa - his place of birth and the cradle of old-time Russian Mafia songs (Blatnyak). He is looking for musicians to play together these songs in the restaurant of an old friend. While strolling along the picturesque yards of the ruinous slums, we meet colourful Odesits who resemble the ancient heroes of the street songs we hear. A touching portrait of a neibourhood, its music and performers.

Director, camera and editing: André Schreuders
Music and cast: Alec Kopyt
Audiomix: Ranko Paukovic

World Sales: Michael Treves JMT Films

This film film is realised with financial support of Rotterdam Media Fund, Rotterdam - Art & Culture and Thuiskopiefund.