Programme and Jury of the European Documentary Competition
The programme of the competition will present 8 documentary films. The jury includes Roman Bondarchuk (Ukraine), Marianne Kaat (Estonia) and Tala Hadid (UK)

There are 2 Ukrainian films in the European Documentary Competition – “The Leading Role” by Sergey Bukovsky and “The War of Chimeras” by Anastasia Starozhytska and Maria Starozhytska.

  • Sergey Bukovsky’s documentary “The Leading Role”, winner of the Golden Dziga in the category “Best Documentary”. The film is about the director’s mother – film actress Nina Antonova.
  • “A Young Girl in Her Nineties” (Une jeune fille de 90 ans / France / Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Yann Coridian) is a story about how a well-known choreographer, Thierry Thieû Niang, leads a dance group for people with Alzheimer’s syndrome in the geriatric ward.  
  • “Beuys” (Germany / Andres Veiel), a nominee for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival-2017. This is a documentary about the great German artist and the main theorist of postmodernism Joseph Beuys.
  • “Nothingwood” (France, Germany / Sonia Kronlund). The film was featured in the Biweekly of Directors section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. This is an extraordinary story full of extraordinary characters from the most productive actor and director of Afghanistan (more than 100 films).
  • “Beyond the Snowstorm” (Hinter dem Schneesturm / Germany / Levin Peter). Levin Peter’s grandfather was one of the Wehrmacht soldiers stationed in Ukraine. Long conversations with his grandfather are an attempt by the director to shed light on biographical inaccuracies.
  • “Princes among Men” (Prince parmi les hommes / France / Stefan Krasnianskiy) is a poetic film about the culture of the Roma ethnic group, imbued with music, ideas of freedom and an unbridled thirst for life. The 8th OIFF will host the world premiere of the film.
  • “Secondo me” (Austria / Pavel Cuzuioc). A film about three cloakroom attendants from three European opera houses: the Vienna State Opera, La Scala in Milan and the Odesa Opera and Ballet Theatre.
  • The War of Chimeras(Ukraine / Anastasia Starozhytska, Maria Starozhytska). The story of war, love and death that was filmed by the immediate participants of events. He volunteered for the front; she went to the place just after the battle.


    One of the people evaluating the works will be Roman Bondarchuk (Ukraine) – director, screenwriter, art director of the film festival Docudays UA. In 2016, his documentary “Ukrainian Sheriffs” was put up for an Oscar by Ukraine, and a year earlier the film received a special jury prize at the main competition of the Amsterdam International Film Festival. “Ukrainian Sheriffs” were also featured at the 7th OIFF in the Festival of Festivals programme.

Marianne Kaat (Estonia) is a world-renowned producer and director, one of the most successful Estonian documentary filmmakers, member of the European Documentary Network (EDN) and the Union of Estonian Cinematographers, Baltic Film and Media School lecturer.

Director and screenwriter Tala Hadid (Great Britain) will join her colleagues in the jury. The director’s new film “House in the Fields” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017. The film has already won the Firebird Award for Best Documentary at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Commune di Milano Award for Best Feature Film at the FCAAL Film Festival in Milan.