Program 2021

NCF
National competition. Features
Національна конкурсна програма. Повний метр

Із зав’язаними очима / Blindfold / Із зав’язаними очима

Ukraine / 2020, 105’

Director: Taras Dron

Yulia, a young MMA fighter, lost her fiancé at the war. She quits the sport and starts a new relationship to free herself from the role of the war hero's widow, which is imposed on her by the environment.

Awards: Best Film of the 1-2 competition at Warsaw IFF (2020)

Blindfold
Blindfold
Blindfold

Producer: Valeria Sochyvets, Oleksandr Berba

Screenwriter: Taras Dron, Jakub Prysak

DOP: Oleksandr Pozdnyakov

Composer: Andriy Ponomaryov

Cast: Marina Koshkina, Oleh Shulha, Larysa Rusnak, Olexandr Mavrits, Sergii Luzanovskyi


Director: Taras Dron

Bio: Taras Dron is a Ukrainian film director, member of European and European Film Academies. Taras studied Protection of Information in the Faculty of Automatics at Lviv National University (1997-2002). In 2010 he founded a film and video production studio NORD Production. From 2014-2016 Taras studied in the Department of Directing at Leon Schiller National Film, Television and Theatre School (PWSFTv i T) in Poland.

Filmography: Dzidzio. First time (2018), Blindfold (2020)


Production: Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema

Rightsholder: Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema

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Королі репу / Kings of Rap / Королі репу

Ukraine / 2021, 100’

Director: Myroslav Latyk

A seventeen-year-old village school graduate, a guy nicknamed Kazan, dreams of becoming a famous rapper and winning the heart of Sveta. For the sake of his dream, he is willing to risk everything, but circumstances steer his life in a different direction.

Awards:

Kings of Rap
Kings of Rap
Kings of Rap

Producer: Dmytro Minzianov, Yuriy Minzianov, Vlad Riashyn

Screenwriter: Roman Mahruk, Oleksiy Komarovskyi, Myroslav Latyk

DOP: Denys Demydovych

Composer: Cepasa

Cast: Mykhailo Dziuba, Anton Velboy, Irma Vitovska, Karyna Khymchuk, Yuriy Kulinich, Dmytro Khomyak, Andriy Borys


Director: Myroslav Latyk

Bio: Myroslav Latyk is a Ukrainian film director. He studied Journalism at Ivan Franko Lviv National University (1998-2001) and Film Directing at Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television.

Filmography: Khalepa na 5 baksiv (2019), Kings of Rap (2021), Maksym Osa (2021)


Production: Kristi Films, Star Media

Rightsholder: Kristi Films, Star Media

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Національний музей / National Museum / Національний музей

Ukraine, USA / 2021, 92’

Director: Andrei Zagdansky

It is a portrait of the National Art Museum of Ukraine, the gray neoclassical building that stores, preserves, and exhibits Ukrainian art and Ukrainian history as well. For half a year filmmakers observed and documented the inner life of the museum – from installation and subsequent removal of the exhibition of the XVII century icons from the communist demolished monastery to the exhibition of Oleksandr Bohomazov, the unknown to the world genius of Ukrainian avant-garde. The narrative arc of the film goes from the Ukrainian Baroque to the Ukrainian avant-garde and echoes both the story of the Ukrainian art and the history of Ukraine.

Awards:

National Museum
National Museum
National Museum

Producer: Gennady Kofman, Andrei Zagdansky

Screenwriter: Andrei Zagdansky

DOP: Vladimir Guyevsky, Andrei Zagdansky, Ihor Ivanov, Andyi Noha

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Director: Andrei Zagdansky

Bio: Andrei Zagdansky was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he received an MFA from the Kyiv State Institute of Theatrical Arts. His first feature documentary “Interpretation of Dreams” juxtaposed a dialogue between the filmmaker and Dr. Sigmund Freud on the history of the Soviet Union and Europe. The film received a Grand-Prix at home, critical acclaim abroad and was included in the New Directors/New Films Series for the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1991. He has produced a number of award-winning independent documentaries. He has also taught film classes at the New School for Social Research. Throughout his career he has remained strongly committed to independent, personal, and innovative documentary films.

Filmography: Interpretation of Dreams (1990), Vasya (2002), Konstantin and Mouse (2006), Orange Winter (2007), My Father Evgeni (2010), Vagrich and the Black Square (2015), Michael and Daniel (2018)


Production: MaGiKa-Film, AZ Films

Rightsholder: MaGiKa-Film, AZ Films

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Простір / Space / Простір

Ukraine / 2021, 101’

Director: Dmytro Tomashpolskyi

This is the story of a UFO encounter that occurred during isolation in 2020. The film was shot during the quarantine. All the participants of this production were self-isolated and communicated with the director online. 67 actors took part in the film in 76 locations in Kyiv and Kyiv region, Odesa, Ternopil, Zaporizhia, Bohuslav and Vilnius.

Awards:

Space
Space
Space

Producer: Alyona Demyanenko

Screenwriter: Dmytro Tomashpolskyi

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Director: Dmytro Tomashpolskyi

Bio: Dmytro Tomashpolskyi is a Ukrainian film director, writer, and producer. He was born in 1958 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Dmytro graduated from Korniychuk Kyiv State Institute of Culture and Karpenko-Kary Kyiv State Institute of Theater Arts. Member of the European Film Academy and the Ukrainian Film Academy; head of the Laboratory of Projects of the National Filmmmakers’ Union of Ukraine.

Filmography: F63.9 Love Sickness (2013), Laugh or Die (2017), Stranger (2019), Space (2021)


Production: Gagarin Media

Rightsholder: Gagarin Media

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Стоп-Земля / Stop-Zemlia / Стоп-Земля

Ukraine / 2021, 122’

Director: Kateryna Gornostai

16-year-old Masha is an 11th-grader attending an ordinary Kyiv school. Her close friends Yana and Senya help her not to feel strange and detached among the classmates, experiencing a busy school life in their own way. In addition to upcoming exams, Masha is forced out of her comfort zone by falling in love with her classmate Sasha. She realizes that if she doesn’t dare, she will never know if the feelings are mutual.

Awards: Crystal Bear of the Generation 14plus competition at Berlin IFF (2021)

Stop-Zemlia
Stop-Zemlia
Stop-Zemlia

Producer: Vitalii Sheremetiev, Vika Khomenko, Natalia Libet, Olga Beskhmelnytsina

Screenwriter: Kateryna Gornostai

DOP: Oleksandr Roshchyn

Composer: Мар’яна Клочко

Cast: Maria Fedorchenko, Arsenii Markov, Yana Isaienko, Oleksandr Ivanov


Director: Kateryna Gornostai

Bio: Kateryna Gornostai Studied Biology, and later Journalism at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. After graduation from the School of the Documentary Film and Theater (Moscow) of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov returned home to Kyiv. Now engaged in educational documentary programs and own documentary and fiction films projects.

Filmography: Between Us (2013), Maidan Is Everywhere (2015), Away (2015), Lilac (2017), Crocodile (2018)


Production: ESSE Production House

Rightsholder: Arthouse Traffic

Sales agent: Pluto Film

Rivale / Rival / Суперник

Germany, Ukraine / 2020, 96’

Director: Marcus Lenz

9-year-old Roman follows his mother Oksana, who left to work illegally in Germany. There she lives with Gert, a 62- year-old German widower who suffers from diabetes. Gert tries to make friends with the boy, but Roman struggles for his mother's attention. Suddenly Oksana becomes ill, and Roman is left alone with his rival. Surprisingly Gert turns out to be a good playmate until he dies from a stroke. Roman is now trapped in a remote place, along with a corpse…

Awards: Best cinematography at the Listapad IFF, Minsk, Belarus (2020)

Rival
Rival
Rival

Producer: Gunter Hanfgarn, Andrea Ufer

Screenwriter: Marcus Lenz, Lars Hubrich

DOP: Frank Amann

Composer: Caroline Siegers, Evgueni Galperine

Cast: Yelizar Nazarenko, Udo Samel, Maria Bruni


Director: Marcus Lenz

Bio: Marcus Lenz was born in 1969 in Hattingen, Germany. He grew up in the Ruhr area and studied Сommunication Вesign at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and at the UIAH in Helsinki. After receiving his degree, he went to the German Film and Television Academy Berlin and studied directing and cinematography under lecturers such as Bela Tarr, Wolfgang Becker, Slavomir Idziak, Michael Ballhaus and Mike Leigh. Since graduating from the DFFB, Marcus Lenz has been directing and/or shooting both documentaries and feature films.

Filmography: Close (2004), Timur (2013), Rival (2020)


Production: HANFGARN & UFER, Belka Strelka

Rightsholder: Pluto Film

Sales agent: Pluto Film

NCS
National competition. Shorts
Національна конкурсна програма. Короткий метр

Біжи, Таню, біжи / Run, Tanya, Run / Біжи, Таню, біжи

Ukraine / 2021, 22’

Director: Sofiia Polishchuk

Usually on their birthday people run away from work to home, but Tanya runs away from home to work. Yet this day has become fatal for her – she was fired. She has nowhere else to run to, she doesn’t want to go home. Will Tanya be able to meet herself, at least for a brief moment?

Awards:

Run, Tanya, Run
Run, Tanya, Run
Run, Tanya, Run

Producer: Sofiia Polishchuk

Screenwriter: Sofiia Polishchuk, Andrew Himich, Svyatoslav Nagornyuk

DOP: Dmitriy Cherniavsky

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Cast: Agatha Larionova, Svetlana Shtanko, Oleksiy Gorbunov


Director: Sofiia Polishchuk

Bio: Sofiia Polishchuk was born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1999. She is a Ukrainian director, screenwriter, line producer, and photographer. She graduated from Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television in 2021.

Filmography: Kind People (2019), Natasha (2020), Run, Tanya, Run (2021)


Production: Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television

Rightsholder: Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television

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Друга хвиля / The Second Wave / Друга хвиля

Ukraine / 2021, 5’

Director: Maria Stoianova

Future comes now and in the next second, like waves; while the photography stays at the depth where the wave no longer moves the water particles. This depth is equal to about one half the distance between me and my grandfather. The distance between us is called a wavelength.

Awards:

The Second Wave
The Second Wave
The Second Wave

Producer: Maria Stoianova

Screenwriter: Maria Stoianova

DOP: Maria Stoianova, Isidore Mankofsky

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Director: Maria Stoianova

Bio: Maria Stoianova is a Kyiv-based independent filmmaker. After finishing her education in Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology, she worked in different positions within the film industry in Ukraine. She made several short documentaries that were well accepted at international film festivals in Ukraine and abroad. She participated in, among others, East-West Talent Lab, B2B Doc and IDFA Academy. She has finished her studies at the Serhiy Bukovsky Film Program and works on her first feature-length film at present.

Filmography: Exarch (2014), Ma (2017), Above the Styx (2019)


Production: Maria Stoianova

Rightsholder: Maria Stoianova

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Maria / Maria / Марія

Ukraine / 2021, 15’

Director: Vladlen Odudenko

At the age of 16, Maria is in despair after the death of her mother as her life turns into hell. But she has to deal with the new circumstances. Every day turns into a trial. She is being isolated in a small apartment in one of Kyiv’s Residential districts, constantly suffering from sexual abuse. Being forced into this situation yet again, Maria decides on a desperate deed to put an end to years of violence from which she has suffered.

Awards:

Maria
Maria
Maria

Producer: Vladlen Odudenko, Valentyn Vasianovych, Volodymyr Yatsenko, Anna Sobolevska

Screenwriter: Vladlen Odudenko

DOP: Valentyn Vasianovych

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Cast: Dariia Fedyna, Anatolii Babaryka, Andrii Rymaruk, Vitalii Sudarkov


Director: Vladlen Odudenko

Bio: Vladlen Odudenko is a Ukrainian production designer and director. He was born in 1975 in Kyiv, Ukraine. He studied at the Shevchenko State Art School. In 2000 he graduated from the Theater and Decoration Department at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. Member of the National Union of Painters of Ukraine and European Film Academy. Winner of the Golden Dzyga Ukrainain Film Academy Award and the Taras Shevchenko National Award.

Filmography: Maria (2021)


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Непотрібні речі / Unnecessary Things / Непотрібні речі

Ukraine / 2021, 14’

Director: Dmytro Lisenbatr

The film tells the story of a robot named Rob. One day he was walking around the city and saw an elderly man sitting in a chair inside the Store of Unwanted Things. Next to the man, there was a sign “For Sale.” The owner of the store said that the goods were up for sale. The man's name was Robert. Rob wanted to have a friend. He made a purchase and received a receipt. Robert explained that he was now Rob's pet and from now on Rob should provide him with a roof over his head, feed him, and make sure he doesn’t get bored. The robot and man started living together…

Awards:

Unnecessary Things
Unnecessary Things
Unnecessary Things

Producer: Vitalii Khalo

Screenwriter: Andriy Rushkovsky, Dmytro Lisenbart with Valeriy Pugashkin

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Composer: Oleksiy Omelchuk

Cast: Serhiy Havrylov, Andriy Sereda, Olexandr Ignatusha


Director: Dmytro Lisenbatr

Bio: Dmytro Lisenbatr studied Painting in RHSSH Taras Shevchenko school (1986-1993). While still at school, he started working at the animation studio Ukranimafilm (1991-1993). Received Film Directing degree at Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National University of Theater and Film (1993-1998). Worked as chief designer of computer animation at a number of Ukrainian TV channels. Dmytro was the head animator at the first Ukrainian post-production company mental dRive studio. In 2006 he established the animation studio Lisenbart Animation Studio.

Filmography: Unnecessary Things (2021)


Production: Lisenbart Animatiom Studio

Rightsholder: Lisenbart Animatiom Studio

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Папині кросівки / Dad’s Sneakers / Папині кросівки

Ukraine / 2021, 18’

Director: Olha Zhurba

An immersive insight into the last hours of 13-year-old Sasha’s life in a boarding school for children deprived of parental care. He is one of the luckiest – an American family finally adopted him. Today he will move to another country forever but there’s something that doesn’t let him go.

Awards:

Dad’s Sneakers
Dad’s Sneakers
Dad’s Sneakers

Producer: Maxym Asadchiy, Sashko Chubko

Screenwriter: Olha Zhurba

DOP: Volodymyr Usyk

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Cast: Bohdan Zenchenko, Dmytro Buchek, Ihor Oliynyk, Olga Lyubarova


Director: Olha Zhurba

Bio: Olha Zhurba graduated from Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television as documentary filmmaker. After graduating she took up the position of creator and editor of movie trailers on a major Ukrainian TV-channel. In 2013 she moved into the field of commercial production and shot a number of creative commercials, one of them won awards at the international marketing festivals. In 2014 Olha started her first film, a long term documentary project “Roma” (working title) that was supported by Ukrainian, Dutch, and Danish film funds and now is in the post production. She also works as an editor and editing consultant.

Filmography: Dad’s Sneakers (2021)


Production: Pronto Film

Rightsholder: Pronto Film

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Тигр блукає поруч / Tiger is Strolling Around / Тигр блукає поруч

Ukraine / 2021, 12’

Director: Anastasiia Falileieva

Katsumi is feeling blue. While walking through a ghost Japanese town, she can see signs that her life has reached the point of no return. When she decides to end this misery, Magic Tiger appears. Can he save her?

Awards:

Tiger is Strolling Around
Tiger is Strolling Around
Tiger is Strolling Around

Producer: Michael Margulis

Screenwriter: Anastasiia Falileieva

DOP: Anastasiia Falileieva

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Cast: Kiki Sugino, Anastasiia Falileieva, Keita Jo, Andriy Lidagovskiy


Director: Anastasiia Falileieva

Bio: Anastasiia Falileieva is a director, animator, VJ artist. She has learned stop-motion at Kyiv University of Cinema and Broadcasting (2016-2020). Her recent film “Until It Turns Black” succeeded at the film festivals all around the world (REX, Monstra, Odesa IFF, Linoleum, Animax Skopje and some others). The film has won 4 Awards and a Special Jury Mention. "Until It Turns Black" has been nominated for the Kinokolo Ukrainian Film Critics' Award as the Best Animated Short of 2020.

Filmography: The Weird King (2016), Forel (2017), Kotku (2018), Until It Turns Black (2019)


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Good Boy / Good Boy / Хороший хлопчик

Ukraine, Netherlands / 2021, 15’

Director: Mariia Ponomarova

Business analyst Andriy, loaded with his work affairs and responsibilities, takes care of his father's post surgery rehabilitation. Trying to be in several places at the same time and worrying about the needs of others, Andrew forgets about his own.

Awards:

Good Boy
Good Boy
Good Boy

Producer: Noortje Wilschut

Screenwriter: Mariia Ponomarova, Britt Snel

DOP: Aafke Beernink

Composer: Hans Nieuwenhuisen

Cast: Sebastian Anton, Bartho Braat, Carmen Nitzer, Manos Karystinos, Rob Herke Visser


Director: Mariia Ponomarova

Bio: Mariia is a Ukrainian film director, producer, and artistic researcher based in Amsterdam. Born in 1991 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Mariia studied film directing and screenwriting at Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. She participated in Go Short International Student Campus in 2014 and graduated from the Master of Film course of Netherlands Film Academy in 2016. Her fiction and documentary short films were screened during such international and national film festivals as Go Short ISFF, Molodist IFF, Odesa IFF, CineDOC-Tbilisi, VIS Vienna Shorts, ArtDocFest, TISFF, Regensburg Short Film Week and many more.

Filmography: Mother. Mommy (2010), Ice Cream (2012), I Know You (2014), May 9th(2015), Heron (2016), Family Hour (2018)


Production: Family Affair Films

Rightsholder: Family Affair Films

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Leopolis Night / Leopolis Night / Leopolis Night

Ukraine / 2021, 26’

Director: Nikon Romanchenko

Polia, Solomiіa, Mariіa play in the local theater. After the spectacle, they meet a guy and walk through the night city together. Polia seems to fall in love with him. In the morning he will leave the city and they will not see each other again.

Awards:

Leopolis Night
Leopolis Night
Leopolis Night

Producer: Nikon Romanchenko, Kateryna Gornostai

Screenwriter: Nikon Romanchenko

DOP: Oleksandr Korotun

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Cast: Olha-Anna Kapustiak, Solomiia Kyrylova, Mariia Kmit, Nikon Romanchenko


Director: Nikon Romanchenko

Bio: Nikon Romanchenko is a Ukrainian film director. In 2014, he graduated from Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television (TV Directing department). His films were selected to numerous international film festivals. His documentary film “Faces” won the Best film award at the Molodist IFF. In 2018, he received the special jury mention at the Molodist IFF for his fiction short debut “Unavailable”. He also works as a film editor (including “Stop-Zemlia” by Kateryna Gornostai).

Filmography: Salvation (2013), Faces (2014), Carousel (2015), Interval (2016), Unavailable (2017), Tera (2018), Etude (2020)


Production: Lviv Film Comission

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FF
Festival of festivals
Фестиваль фестивалів

Annette / Annette / Аннетт

France, Mexico, United States, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, Germany / 2021, 139’

Director: Leos Carax

A stand-up comedian and his opera singer wife, have a 2-year-old daughter with a surprising gift.

Awards: Opening Film of the Cannes Film Festival (2021)

Annette
Annette
Annette

Producer: Charles Gillibert, Paul-Dominique Win Vacharasinthu

Screenwriter: Leos Carax, Ron Mael, Russell Mael

DOP: Caroline Champetier

Composer: Ron Mael, Russell Mael

Cast: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Dyson-Smith, Dominique Dauwe


Director: Leos Carax

Bio: eos Carax was born in Surenses, France. Film director, writer, and film critic. He began his film career with a series of short films before he released “Boy Meets Girl”, which established Carax’s reputation for mature visual style.

Filmography: Boy Meets Girl (1984), Bad Blood (1986), The Lovers on the Bridge (1991), Pola X (1999), Holy Motors (2012), Annette (2021)


Production: CG Cinéma, ARTE France Cinéma, Tribus P Films, Théo Films, Detailfilm, Scope Pictures, Wrong Men / Wrong Men North, RTBF - Radio Télévision Belge Francophone, Garidi Films, Piano, Eurospace

Rightsholder: Arthouse Traffic

Sales agent: Kinology

Ghahreman / A Hero / Герой

France, Iran / 2021, 127’

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Rahim is in prison because of a debt he was unable to repay. During a two-day leave, he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw his complaint against the payment of part of the sum. But things don't go as planned.

Awards: Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival (2021)

A Hero
A Hero
A Hero

Producer: Asghar Farhadi, Alexandre Mallet-Guy

Screenwriter: Asghar Farhadi

DOP: Ali Ghazi, Arash Ramezani

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Cast: Amir Jadidi, Mohsen Tanabandeh, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Sarina Farhadi


Director: Asghar Farhadi

Bio: Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of Dramatic Arts in 1998 and his Masters in Stage Direction from Tarbiat Modarres University a few years later. Farhadi has received two Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film for his films “A Separation” and “The Salesman”. He also received the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay for his film “The Salesman”. In 2012, he was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

Filmography: A Separation (2011), The Past (2013), The Salesman (2016), Everybody Knows (2018)


Production: Asghar Farhadi Productions, Memento Films Production

Rightsholder: PROvglyad

Sales agent: Memento International

Memoria / Memoria / Пам’ять

Colombia, Mexico, France, United Kingdom, Thailand, Germany / 2021, 136’

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Ever since being startled by a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, Jessica (Tilda Swinton) is unable to sleep. In Bogotá to visit her sister, she befriends Agnes, an archaeologist studying human remains discovered within a tunnel under construction. Jessica travels to see Agnes at the excavation site. In a small town nearby, she encounters a fish scaler, Hernan. They share memories by the river. As the day comes to a close, Jessica is awakened to a sense of clarity.

Awards:

Memoria
Memoria
Memoria

Producer: Diana Bustamante, Julio Chavezmontes, Charles de Meaux, Simon Field, Keith Griffiths, Michael Weber

Screenwriter: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

DOP: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom

Composer: César López

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Jeanne Balibar, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Juan Pablo Urrego


Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Bio: Apichatpong Weerasethakul was born in Bangkok, grew up in north-eastern Thailand. He is recognized as one of the most original voices in contemporary cinema. His previous seven feature films, short films, installations and his recent live performance have won him widespread international recognition and numerous awards, including the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2010 with “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”. His “Tropical Malady” won the Cannes Competition Jury Prize in 2004 and “Blissfully Yours” won the Cannes Un Certain Regard Award in 2002. “Syndromes and a Century” (2006) was recognized as one of the best films of the last decade in several 2010 polls.

Filmography: Mysterious Object at Noon (2000), Blissfully Yours (2002), Tropical Malady (2004), Syndromes and a Century (2006), Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), Mekong Hotel (2012), Cemetery of Splendour (2015)


Production: Anna Sanders Films, Illuminations Films, Bord Cadre films, Kick the Machine, Burning Blue, Piano Producciones, Xstream Pictures, Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation

Rightsholder: Arthouse Traffic

Sales agent: The Match Factory

Cryptozoo / Cryptozoo / Криптозоопарк

USA / 2021, 95’

Director: Dash Shaw

California, 1970. While the nation’s youth practice free love and protest against the establishment and the Vietnam War, a different sort of struggle plays out underground: veterinarian Lauren Grey tracks down fantastical creatures, rescuing them from abuse and providing refuge in her Cryptozoo. After unexpected guests in the zoo, the researcher thinks about opening this place to the world to teach people and fantastic creatures to coexist.

Awards: Innovator Award at Sundance Film Festival (2021); Special Mention of the Generation 14plus International Jury at Berlin IFF (2021)

Cryptozoo
Cryptozoo
Cryptozoo

Producer: Kyle Martin, Jane Samborski, Bill Way, Tyler Davidson

Screenwriter: Dash Shaw

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Composer: John Caroll Kirby

Cast: Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Emily Davis


Director: Dash Shaw

Bio: Dash Shaw was born in 1983 in Los Angeles, USA. Studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and works as a cartoonist and animator. Dash Shaw is the author of several graphic novels, his comic short stories have appeared in many different anthologies, newspapers, and magazines. He also writes lyrics and plays with James Blanca in the pop band Love Eats Brains! and has co-written and acted in various short film projects.

Filmography: Seraph (2012), My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016), Cryptozoo (2021)


Production: Fit Via Vi Film Productions

Rightsholder: Arthouse Traffic

Sales agent: The Match Factory

The Man Who Sold His Skin / The Man Who Sold His Skin / Чоловік, який продав свою шкіру

Tunisia, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Turkey / 2020, 104’

Director: Kaouther Ben Hania

Sam Ali, a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of the World’s most popular contemporary artists. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realize that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom.

Awards: Edipo Re Award and Venice Horizons Award at the Venice Film Festival for the Best Actor(2020)

The Man Who Sold His Skin
The Man Who Sold His Skin
The Man Who Sold His Skin

Producer: Martin Hampel, Thanassis Karathanos, Annabella Nezri, Andreas Rocksén

Screenwriter: Kaouther Ben Hania

DOP: Christopher Aoun

Composer: Amin Bouhafa

Cast: Yahya Mahayni, Dea Liane, Koen De Bouw, Monica Bellucci


Director: Kaouther Ben Hania

Bio: Kaouther Ben Hania was born in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. She is a director and a scriptwriter and is based in Paris. She studied cinema in Tunisia (EDAC) then in Paris (Fémis and the Sorbonne). She directed several short films including “Me, My Sister and the Thing” and “Wooden Hand”. Both films had a successful and long run on the international festival circuit. Her documentary film “Imams Go to School” was premiered at IDFA 2010 and was selected for many prestigious festivals (Vancouver, Dubai, Amiens). Her feature film, “Beauty and The Dogs” was selected into Cannes 2017. In 2021, her feature film “The Man Who Sold His Skin” was the first-ever Tunisian film to be nominated for an Oscar.

Filmography: Imams Go to School (2010), Zaineb Hates the Snow (2016), Beauty and The Dogs (2017)


Production: Cinétéléfilms, Tanit Films, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion GmbH, Kwassa Films, Laika Film & Television, Metafora Production, Sunnyland Film, Film i Väst, VOO, BE TV, Istiqlal Films, Bac Films

Rightsholder: Ten Letters

Sales agent: Bac Films

Verdens verste menneske / The Worst Person in the World / Найгірша людина в світі

Norway, France, Sweden, Denmark / 2021, 121’

Director: Joachim Trier

Julie is turning thirty and her life is an existential mess. Several of her talents have gone to waste and her older boyfriend, Aksel – a successful graphic novelist – is pushing for them to settle down. One night, she gatecrashes a party and meets the young and charming Eivind. Before long, she has broken up with Aksel and thrown herself into yet another new relationship, hoping for a new perspective on her life. But she will come to realize that some life choices are already behind her.

Awards:

The Worst Person in the World
The Worst Person in the World
The Worst Person in the World

Producer: Thomas Robsahm

Screenwriter: Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier

DOP: Kasper Tuxen

Composer: Ola Fløttum

Cast: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Maria Grazia Di Meo, Silje Storstein


Director: Joachim Trier

Bio: Joachim Trier, born in 1974 in Copenhagen, is an internationally celebrated director and screenwriter. His feature films have been invited to and won awards at festivals such as Festival de Cannes, Sundance Film Festival, TIFF, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, and Gothenburg Independent Film Festival. His Norwegian film “Oslo, August 31st” was selected for Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and nominated for the César award for Best Foreign Film in 2013. “Louder Than Bombs” (2015) with Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, and Isabelle Huppert was his English language debut and his first appearance in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Filmography: Reprise (2006), Oslo, August 31st (2011), Louder Than Bombs (2015), Thelma (2017), The Worst Person in the World (2021)


Production: Oslo Pictures, MK Productions, B-Reel Films, Snowglobe

Rightsholder: Arthouse Traffic

Sales agent: mk2 films

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Gala Premieres
Гала-прем’єри

The Green Knight / The Green Knight / Легенда про Зеленого лицаря

Ireland, Canada, United States, United Kingdom / 2021, 125’

Director: David Lowery

An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, “The Green Knight” tells the story of Sir Gawain, King Arthur's reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger.

Awards: Opening Film of the Gala Premiers program

The Green Knight
The Green Knight
The Green Knight

Producer: Toby Halbrooks, Tim Headington, James M. Johnston, David Lowery, Theresa Page

Screenwriter: David Lowery

DOP: Andrew Droz Palermo

Composer: Daniel Hart

Cast: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris


Director: David Lowery

Bio: David Lowery is an American director, writer, editor and producer. He was born in 1980 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His film “Ain't Them Bodies Saints”, starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was selected to compete at the International Critics' Week section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. In 2017 Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” was in the Best of Next! competition at Sundance. As of 2021, his directorial filmography consists of six features, as well a number of shorts and TV episodes.

Filmography: St. Nick (2009), Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Pete's Dragon (2016), A Ghost Story (2017), The Old Man & the Gun (2018), The Green Knight (2021)


Production: Wild Atlantic Pictures, Sailor Bear, BRON Studios, A24, Ley Line Entertainment

Rightsholder: Volga

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Gunda / Gunda / Ґунда

Norway, United States, United Kingdom / 2020, 93’

Director: Viktor Kossakovsky

Where his prior film, the acclaimed epic “Aquarela”, was a reminder of the fragility of human tenure on earth, in “Gunda”, master filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky reminds us that we share our planet with billions of other animals. Through encounters with a mother sow (the eponymous Gunda), two ingenious cows, and a scene-stealing, one-legged chicken, Kossakovsky movingly recalibrates our moral universe, reminding us of the inherent value of life and the mystery of all animal consciousness, including our own.

Awards: Bronze Horse for Best Documentary at Stockholm Film Festival (2020); Special Mention at Sofia International Film Festival (2021); Artdocfest Film Festival Award for Best Directing (2021)

Gunda
Gunda
Gunda

Producer: Anita Rehoff Larsen

Screenwriter: Viktor Kossakovsky, Ainara Vera

DOP: Viktor Kossakovsky, Egil Håskjold Larsen

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Director: Viktor Kossakovsky

Bio: Viktor Kossakovsky was born in 1961 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since 1978 he worked at the Leningrad studio of Documentaries as assistant cameraman, assistant director and editor. In 1988 he finished the Higher Courses of Film Writers and Directors in Moscow. Laureate of the Triumph Prize, the Russian Federation State Award and the Nika prize. Award-winner of numerous national and international film forums. He started his own production company, Kossakovsky Film Production, based in San Petersburg, to create a cinema with a strong focus in poetics and reality. His latest film “Gunda” was co-produced by Joaquin Phoenix.

Filmography: Les Belov (1986); Recently (1991); Pavel and Lyalya (1998); Hush! (2002); Vivan las Antipodas! (2011); Aquarela - L'Odyssée de l'eau (2019); Gunda (2020)


Production: Sant & Usant AS, Louverture Films

Rightsholder: Arthouse Traffic

Sales agent: Cinephil

Benedetta / Benedetta / Бенедетта

France, Netherlands / 2021, 127’

Director: Paul Verhoeven

In the late 15th century, with plague ravaging the land, Benedetta Carlini joins the convent in Pescia, Tuscany, as a novice. Capable from an early age of performing miracles, Benedetta’s impact on life in the community is immediate and momentous.

Awards:

Benedetta
Benedetta
Benedetta

Producer: Саїд Бен Саїд

Screenwriter: David Birke, Paul Verhoeven

DOP: Jeanne Lapoirie

Composer: Anne Dudley

Cast: Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson, Olivier Rabourdin, Daphne Patakia


Director: Paul Verhoeven

Bio: Paul Verhoeven was born in 1938 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. In early 1960s he also studied at the Netherlands Film Academy and made several short movies. Explicitly violent and/or sexual content and social satire are trademarks of both his drama and science fiction films. He is best known for directing the American feature films “RoboCop”, “Total Recall”, “Basic Instinct”, and “Starship Troopers”. His second feature film “Turkish Delight” received the award for Best Dutch Film of the Century at the Netherlands Film Festival. Verhoeven’s films have been nominated for American and European Academy Awards, as well as participated in many prestigious film festivals, such as Cannes.

Filmography: Turkish Delight (1973), Flesh+Blood (1985), RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Basic Instinct (1992), Showgirls (1995), Starship Troopers (1997), Hollow Man (2000), Elle (2016)


Production: SBS Films Productions

Rightsholder: Arthouse Traffic

Sales agent: Pathé International

Nebenan / Next Door / Поганий сусід

Germany, USA / 2021, 92’

Director: Daniel Brühl

Berlin, the Prenzlauer Berg district. Daniel is a movie star accustomed to success. His loft apartment is stylish and so is his wife, and the nanny has the children under control. Everything is tip-top, bilingual and ready for him to jet off to an audition in London where a role in an American superhero film awaits the celebrated German-Spanish actor. Popping into the local bar on the corner, he finds Bruno sitting there. Bruno has been waiting for this moment for a long time. And so this eternally overlooked man – one of reunification's losers and a victim of the gentrification of what was once East Berlin – takes his revenge. With Daniel as his target…

Awards:

Next Door
Next Door
Next Door

Producer: Malte Grunert

Screenwriter: Daniel Kehlmann

DOP: Jens Harant

Composer: Moritz Friedrich, Jakob Grunert

Cast: Daniel Brühl, Peter Kurth, Rike Eckermann, Aenne Schwarz, Gode Benedix


Director: Daniel Brühl

Bio: Daniel Brühl is the multi-award-winning German-Spanish actor and film producer born in Barcelona, Spain in 1978. He is internationally known for his roles in “Good Bye, Lenin!”, Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”, his acclaimed portrait of Niki Lauda in “Rush”, and “The First Avenger: Civil War”. He is currently starring in the Netflix series “The Alienist”.

Filmography: Next Door (2021)


Production: Amusement Park Film

Rightsholder: Svoe kino

Sales agent: Beta Cinema

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Ukrainian Gala Premieres
Українські Гала-Прем’єри

Рози. Фільм-кабаре / Roses. Film-Cabaret / Рози. Фільм-кабаре

Ukraine / 2021, 77’

Director: Irena Stetsenko

At the dressing room of the famous Dakh theatre in Kyiv, seven female artists conceived a Dakh Daughters Freak-Cabaret Band project. Their first stage show called “Roses” has presented a modern take on a fascinating art of cabaret, which in its absolute carnival freedom has power to entertain the public with the dead serious topics. At this very time, there comes a pivotal moment in the history of their country, which marks the beginning of the era of significant changes, both in the society and in the consciousness of thousands of people. The Maidan Revolution of 2014 and the subsequent war open up the characters of our heroines, allowing us inside their internal journey as citizens, humans and artists. Power of shared emotions of these turbulent times allows a deep and sincere connection both with themselves and with the audience.

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Roses. Film-Cabaret
Roses. Film-Cabaret
Roses. Film-Cabaret

Producer: Oleksandra Kravchenko, Oleg Sosnov

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DOP: Serhiy Stetsenko

Composer: Dakh Daughters

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Director: Irena Stetsenko

Bio: In 2000 Irena Stetsenko graduated from Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University, receiving a diploma in Sound Directing. Worked as a sound producer and sound designer with TV stations, documentary film productions, and musicians. Since 2013, she has been fully attached to the Freak Cabaret Dakh Daughters Band as a sound producer and a director of their music documentary video-stories. In 2017 graduated from Sergiy Bukovsky Film Program on Directing Documentary Film.

Filmography: Roses. Film-Cabaret (2021)


Production: DGTL RLGN

Rightsholder: DGTL RLGN

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Сторонній / Stranger / Сторонній

Ukraine / 2019, 90’

Director: Dmytro Tomashpolskyi

A synchronized swimming team has disappeared in the swimming pool during a performance. A patient of a water-therapy clinic has disappeared while taking a bath. How are these cases connected and how does a doll with real hair relate to it? An inspector with no unsolved cases will have to investigate that. She will also have to find out who she really is.

Awards: Best Sci-Fi Feature Film at the Вloodstained Indie Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan (2019); Best Original Screenplay at the Hollywood Blood Horror Festival, Los Angeles (2019)

Stranger
Stranger
Stranger

Producer: Alona Demyanenko

Screenwriter: Dmytro Tomashpolskyi

DOP: Serhiy Smychok

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Cast: Anastasia Yevtushenko, Dasha Trehubova, Serhiy Kalantay


Director: Dmytro Tomashpolskyi

Bio: Dmytro Tomashpolskyi is a Ukrainian film director, writer, and producer. He was born in 1958 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Dmytro graduated from Korniychuk Kyiv State Institute of Culture and Karpenko-Kary Kyiv State Institute of Theater Arts. Member of the European Film Academy and the Ukrainian Oscar Committee; head of the Laboratory of Projects of the National Filmmmakers’ Union of Ukraine.

Filmography: F63.9 Love Sickness (2013), Laugh or Die (2017), Stranger (2019), Space (2021)


Production: Gagarin Media Film Company

Rightsholder: Gagarin Media Film Company

Sales agent: Gagarin Media Film Company

Цей дощ ніколи не скінчиться / This Rain Will Never Stop / Цей дощ ніколи не скінчиться

Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, Qatar / 2020, 103’

Director: Alina Gorlova

“This Rain Will Never Stop” takes the audience on a powerful, visually arresting journey through humanity's endless cycle of war and peace. The film follows 20-year-old Andriy Suleyman as he tries to secure a sustainable future while navigating the human toll of armed conflict. From the Syrian civil war to strife in Ukraine, Andriy’s existence is framed by the seemingly eternal flow of life and death.

Awards: Best Feature-Length Film at Festival dei Popoli (2020); IDFA Award for Best Film in the First Appearance competition (2020)

This Rain Will Never Stop
This Rain Will Never Stop
This Rain Will Never Stop

Producer: Maksym Nakonechnyi, Ilona Bitsevska, Patrick Hamm

Screenwriter: Alina Gorlova, Maksym Nakonechnyi

DOP: Vyacheslav Tsvetkov

Composer: Goran Gora, Serge Synthkey

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Director: Alina Gorlova

Bio: Alina Gorlova is a director, film editor, and producer. Born and based in Ukraine, she graduated from Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National University of Theatre, Film and Television. Her second documentary, “No Obvious Signs” has four awards at Docudays UA IHRDFF and the MDR film award for outstanding Eastern European Movie at DokLeipzig 2018; it was nominated for the Golden Dzyga Ukrainain Film Academy Award. Her latest film, “This Rain Will Never Stop”, won the Award for Best First Appearance at IDFA and the Best Feature award at Festival dei Popoli, Go East, One World (Jeden svět), Ice Docs, Las Palmas FF.

Filmography: The First Step in the Clouds (2012), Babushka (2014), Kholodny Yar. Intro (2016), Invisible Battalion (2017), No Obvious Signs (2018), This Rain Will Never Stop (2020)


Production: Tabor

Rightsholder: Tabor

Sales agent: Square Eyes

Водуруду / Voduyrudu / Водуруду

Ukraine / 2021, 75’

Director: Anatolii Sachivko

Voduyrudu (Will, Thought, Movement, Spirit) is a folk-improvisational film-ballet, the origins of which are environment and time. This film is an act of revival of national culture, through the expressiveness of such independent elements of folk art as music and dance, displayed in the frame of the film, that transforms their action into a dynamic picture that will be tested only by faith and time.

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Voduyrudu
Voduyrudu
Voduyrudu

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DOP: Mykyta Kuzmenko

Composer: Dmytro Avksentyev (Koloah)

Cast: Liza Riabinina, Oleksandr Ptashnyk, Antonina Romanenko, Maksym Kotskyi, Galyna Pekha


Director: Anatolii Sachivko

Bio: Anatolii Sachivko is a Ukrainian dancer, choreographer, and director. Born in 1992 in Kyiv, Ukraine. He started his dancing career at the age of 10. Head of the popular dance collective Apache Crew.

Filmography: Voduyrudu (2021)


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Чому я живий / Why I'm Alive / Чому я живий

Ukraine / 2021, 120’

Director: Villen Novak

Mariupol. Pre-war life in a small Ukrainian town on the shore of the Azov Sea, with a good family life, quarrelsome neighbors, amateur opera, denunciations to the NKVD, and a dance floor in the city garden, the persecution of religion and, of course, with love.

Awards:

Why I'm Alive
Why I'm Alive
Why I'm Alive

Producer: Andriy Osipov

Screenwriter: Yevhen Mytko

DOP: Danil Dedkov

Composer: Volodymyr Hronskyi

Cast: Viktor Zhdanov, Artem Wilbik, Maksym Horay, Iryna Melnyk, Olha Radchuk


Director: Villen Novak

Bio: Villen Novak is a Ukrainian film director and actor. People's Artist of Ukraine, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine. Awards: Order For Merits of the 3rt degree (2004); The award of the President of Ukraine, the jubilee medal 20 Years of Independence of Ukraine.

Filmography: Ring (1973) Red Dipcouriers (1977), Invasion (1980), Two Versions of One Collision (1985), It’s Not Always Summer In the Crimea (1987), Gu-ha (1989), Princess on Beans (1997), Shoot, Immediately! (2008)


Production: Odesa Film Studios

Rightsholder: Odesa Film Studios

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Ukrainian retrospective: Independent
Українська ретроспектива: Незалежні

Земля блакитна, ніби апельсин / The Earth Is Blue as an Orange / Земля блакитна, ніби апельсин

Ukraine, Lithuania / 2020, 74’

Director: Iryna Tsilyk

A large family lives in the “red zone” of Donbas where the war has been going on for six years now. To cope with the daily trauma of living in a war-zone, Anna and her children are making an amateur film together about their life in the most surreal surroundings.

Awards: The World Cinema Documentary Award at Sundance Film Festival (2020); Main Prizes of Docu/World and Docu/Ukraine competitions at the Docudays UA IHRDFF, Ukraine (2020)

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

Producer: Anna Kapustina, Giedrė Žickytė

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DOP: Viacheslav Tsvetkov

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Director: Iryna Tsilyk

Bio: Iryna Tsilyk was born in 1982 in Kyiv, a Ukrainian filmmaker and writer. She made the short fiction films “Blue Hour”, “Commemoration”, “Home”, as well as two documentaries for the film anthology “Invisible Batallion” about women at war. “The Earth Is Blue as an Orange” is her debut feature-length documentary. Moreover, Tsilyk is the author of eight books published in Ukraine (which include poetry, prose, and children’s books). Her debut feature-length fiction film is currently in post-production.

Filmography: Blue Hour (2008), Commemoration (2012), Home (2016), Invisible Battalion (2017), The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (2019)


Production: Albatros Communicos, Moonmakers

Rightsholder: Arthouse Traffic

Sales agent: CAT&Docs

Кисневий голод / Oxygen Starvation / Кисневий голод

Ukraine, Canada / 1991, 92’

Director: Andriy Donchyk

The film is based on the topic of dedovshchina (bullying), inspired by the personal experience of the director, scriptwriter and actors serving in the Soviet army. In an ordinary military unit, the seniors, having read the order for demobilization, decided to abuse the young soldiers. Everyone went along with it, but Private Bilyk wouldn’t tolerate mistreatment. Then one of the bullies said, “I won’t touch you. People like you hang themselves."

Awards: Italian Film Critics Award at the Venice Film Festival (1992); Best Actor Award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival (1992)

Oxygen Starvation
Oxygen Starvation
Oxygen Starvation

Producer: Marko Steh, Andriy Donchyk, Mykola Moroz

Screenwriter: Yurіy Andruhovych, Andrіy Donchyk

DOP: Іhor Krupnov

Composer: Yurіy Saienko

Cast: Taras Denysenko, Oleh Maslennіkov, Vіktor Stepanov, Oleksіy Horbunov, Oleksandr Myronov, Muhamed Rahіmov


Director: Andriy Donchyk

Bio: Andriy Donchik was born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1961. Graduated from the Film Faculty of the Karpenko-Kary Kyiv State Institute of Theater Arts. From 1999 to 2004 he worked as the head director at the 1+1 TV channel. Laureate of the Pylyp Orlyk International Prize (1994).

Filmography: Dowfall of Dieties (1988), Oxygen Starvation (1991), Stolen Happiness (TV-series, 2004), Mono (2018)


Production: SP Kobza, KOBZA International Corporation

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Настройщик / The Tuner / Настроювач

Ukraine, Russia / 2004, 154’

Director: Kira Muratova

The tuner of pianos Andrei is both the happiest and most miserable person in the world. He is passionately in love with the most beautiful woman Lina who loves him back. But Andrei is poor, while Lina is accustomed to luxurious lifestyle. Love for the blonde makes Andrei cross the fatal line: he is ready to betray, steal, and even kill.

Awards: Nika Awards – Best Directing, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress (2005); Golden Lily Award at goEast Film Festival (2005)

The Tuner
The Tuner
The Tuner

Producer: Sergei Chlіyants

Screenwriter: Sergei Chetvertkov, Yevhen Holubenko, Kira Muratova

DOP: Hennadіy Karyuk

Composer: Valentyn Sylvestrov

Cast: Heorhіy Delіyev, Alla Demidova, Renata Litvinova, Nіna Ruslanova, Sergei Bekhterev, Natalіya Buzyko, Zhan Daniel


Director: Kira Muratova

Bio: Kira Muratova is a Ukrainian film director, screenwriter, and actress. She was born in Soroca, Moldova; graduated from the Directing Faculty at VGIK in 1959. In her films she showed interest in modern ethical issues and ambiguous human characters. Muratova spent most of her artistic career in Odessa, creating her films with local studios, mostly casting local actors.

Filmography: Brief Encounters (1967), The Long Farewell (1971), The Asthenic Syndrome (1989), The Sentimental Policeman (1992), Three Stories (1987), Chekhov's Motifs (2002), Melody for a Street-organ (2009), Eternal Return (2012)


Production: Pigmalion Production, Odesa Film Studio

Rightsholder: Odesa Film Studio

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Плем'я / The Tribe / Плем'я

Ukraine, Netherlands / 2014, 132’

Director: Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

Serhiy enters a boarding school for deaf and mute. In this new place, he needs to find his way through the hierarchy of the school's network dealing with crime – The Tribe. By taking part of several robberies, he gets propelled higher into the organization. Then he meets one of the Chief's concubines Anna, and unwillingly breaks all the unwritten rules of the tribe.

Awards: Nespresso Grand Prize, Prix de la revelation and France 4 Award at Cannes Film Festival (2014); European Film Academy – Discovery Award (2014)

The Tribe
The Tribe
The Tribe

Producer: Valentyn Vasyanovych, Iya Myslytska, Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

Screenwriter: Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

DOP: Valentyn Vasyanovych

Composer:

Cast: Hrihorіy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Roza Babіy, Yaroslav Bіletskyi, Oleksandr Dziadevych, Oleksandr Osadchyi


Director: Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

Bio: Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi was born in 1975 in Kyiv, Ukraine. He studied Film and TV Directing in the Karpenko-Kary Kyiv State Institute of Theater Arts. His short films “Diagnosis” (2009) and “Deafness” (2010) were selected to competition programs of Berlin IFF. In 2012 his short “Nuclear Waste” received Silver Pardino Award at the Locarno IFF. Myroslav’s debut feature-length film “The Tribe” has collected numerous film awards, including the main prize of the International Critics’ Week at Cannes Film Festival.

Filmography: Diagnosis (2009), Deafness (2010), Nuclear Waste (2012), The Tribe (2014)


Production: Garmata Film

Rightsholder: Arthouse Traffic

Sales agent: Arthouse Traffic

Приятель покойника / A Friend of the Deceased / Приятель небіжчика

Ukraine, France / 1997, 110’

Director: Vyacheslav Kryshtofovych

The era of wild capitalism was gaining momentum when Anatoliy’s wife left him. Anatoliy is an intellectual who doesn’t have the necessary qualities to live in the brand new capitalist jungle. He undertakes some odd jobs, but eventually he gives up and decides to commit suicide, but he does so in a quite original way: he orders his murder by mail, sends his photo and a small fee: "for services..."

Awards: Special prize and diploma at the Listapad Minsk IFF, Belarus (1997); Best Director Award at the Kinotavr Film Festival in Sochi, Russia (1998)

A Friend of the Deceased
A Friend of the Deceased
A Friend of the Deceased

Producer: Mykola Mashchenko, Jacky Ouaknine, Pierre Rival

Screenwriter: Andrei Kurkov

DOP: Vilen Kalyuta

Composer: Volodymyr Hronsykyi

Cast: Oleksandr Lazariev, Anzhelіka Nevolіna, Olena Korіkova, Tetyana Kryvytsyka, Yevhen Pashyn


Director: Vyacheslav Kryshtofovych

Bio: Vyacheslav Kryshtofovych is a Ukrainian director, a member of the board of the Filmmakers’ Union of Ukraine. His filmography includes over two dozen films. “Adam’s Rib” and “A Friend of the Deceased” took part in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. In 2018 Kryshtofovych received the Golden Dzyga award for his contribution to the development of Ukrainian cinema.

Filmography: Lonely Woman Seeks Lifetime Companion (1986), Adam’s Rib (1990), A Friend of the Deceased (1997), I Love You (2003), About Him (2013), Forebodings (2019)


Production: Dovzhenko Film Studios, Compagnie des Films, Compagnie Est-Ouest

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Шамара / Shamara / Шамара

Ukraine / 1994, 105’

Director: Natalіya Andreychenko

1973-74. Cholera outbreak. Against this background, the love story of Zina Shamarina is played out; she has become a slave to her feelings, which throw her to extremities, either by inciting to noble deeds or by pushing her into crazy antics.

Awards: Best Actress Prize at the Molodist KIFF (Iryna Tsymbal, 1994), Oleksandr Dovzhenko State Award (1996)

Shamara
Shamara
Shamara

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Screenwriter: Svіtlana Vasylenko

DOP: Volodymyr Bass

Composer: Іhor Stetsyuk

Cast: Іryna Tsymbal, Denys Karasyov, Anzhelіka Nevolіna, Tamara Plashenko, Petro Zaychenko


Director: Natalіya Andreychenko

Bio: Natalіya Andreychenko was born in 1966. In 1991 she graduated from the Directing Department of the Karpenko-Kary Kyiv Institute of Theater Arts Film Faculty. Member of the National Filmmakers' Union of Ukraine. Recipient of the Oleksandr Dovzhenko State Prize of Ukraine in 1996.

Filmography: Shamara (1994)


Production: Dovzhenko Film Studios

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Счастье моё / My Joy / Щастя моє

Ukraine, Germany, Netherlands / 2010, 127’

Director: Sergei Loznitsa

The film takes place in the far-flung Russian province. Truck driver Georgy leaves his wife at home and goes on the road. His truck is slowly moving towards the goal, and he’s immersing in the world of fear, cruelty, and betrayal. The film premiered in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.

Awards: Grand Prize at the Molodist Kyiv IFF (2010); Grand Prize at the Black Nights Tallinn Film Festival, Estonia (2010); Grand Prize at the Listapad IFF, Belarus (2010)

My Joy
My Joy
My Joy

Producer: Heino Deckert, Oleh Kokhan

Screenwriter: Sergei Loznitsa

DOP: Oleg Mutu

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Cast: Viktor Nemets, Vladimir Golovin, Aleksey Vertkov, Dmitriy Gotsdiner, Olga Shuvalova


Director: Sergei Loznitsa

Bio: Sergei Loznitsa was born in 1964, in Baranovichi, Belarus, he grew up in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 1987 he graduated from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute; he then worked as a researcher at the Institute of Cybernetics in Kyiv, specializing in artificial intelligence. In 1997he graduated in filmmaking from VGIK film school in Moscow. Since 1996 he has directed 24 documentary and 4 films that have received numerous prestigious awards. All fiction films by Sergei Loznitsa have been presented at the Odesa IFF in different years.

Filmography: My Joy (2010), In the Fog (2012), A Gentle Creature, Donbass (2018)


Production: Ma.Ja.De. Fiction, Sota Cinema Group, Lemming Film

Rightsholder: Ma.Ja.De. Fiction, Sota Cinema Group

Sales agent: Fortissimo Films

Йшов трамвай 9 / The Tram #9 Was Going / Йшов трамвай 9

Ukraine / 2002, 10’

Director: Stepan Koval

A morning tram is over-occupied with passengers, but more and more people are trying to get in.

Awards: Grand Prix of the Krok International Animated Films Festival (2002); Best Short Film at the Molodist IFF (2002); Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival (2003)

The Tram #9 Was Going
The Tram #9 Was Going
The Tram #9 Was Going

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Screenwriter: Stepan Koval

DOP: Oleksandr Nіkolaienko

Composer: Ihor Zhuk

Cast: Yevhen Shakh, Ruslana Pysanka, Inna Kapinos, Yuriy Kovalenko


Director: Stepan Koval

Bio: Stepan Koval was born in 1965 in Novomoskovsk, Ukraine; he’s a director and animator. Winner of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine and the Silver Bear at the Berlin IFF. Much of his work consists of animations created in the plasticine technique, for which Stepan Koval received the nickname the "plasticine genius".

Filmography: Turnip (1996); Poverty (2005); Лабіринт (2016); How To Cheer Up Loneliness (2017); Family Name in the Pocket (2019)


Production: Ukranimafilm

Rightsholder: Ukranimafilm

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Засипле сніг дороги… / Snow Will Cover the Roads... / Засипле сніг дороги…

Ukraine / 2004, 7’

Director: Yevhen Syvokin

An elderly man thinks of his childhood and his youth…

Awards: Best Animation at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (2006)

Snow Will Cover the Roads...
Snow Will Cover the Roads...
Snow Will Cover the Roads...

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Screenwriter: Yevhen Syvokin

DOP: Anatoliy Havrylov

Composer: Vadym Khrapachov

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Director: Yevhen Syvokin

Bio: Yevhen Syvokin is a Ukrainian animator and film director. He was born in 1937 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Graduated from the Faculty of Graphics at the Kyiv State Art Institute in 1965. From 1960 he worked at the Kyivnaukfilm Studio, then at the Ukranimafilm Studio. Yevhen teaches at the Department of Film Directing and Drama at Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. Winner of numerous international film festivals and film awards.

Filmography: A Man Who Knew How to Fly (1968), A Person and a Word (1973), The Blacksmith Vakula Adventures (1977), The Counting Country (1982), A Tree and a Cat (1983), Chronicles of a City (2017), The Dash (2020)


Production: Ukranimafilm

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Кохання / Deep Love / Кохання

Ukraine / 2019, 14’

Director: Mykyta Lyskov

Deep love has finally happened in Ukraine!

Awards: Best Ukrainian Short Film at Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art (2019); Ukrainian Film Critics Award for the Best Animated Film (2019); Golden Dzyga Ukrainian Film Academy Award for the Best Animated Short Film (2020)

Deep Love
Deep Love
Deep Love

Producer: Andrіy Hranytsia

Screenwriter: Mykyta Lyskov

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Composer: Kursvalüt, Oleksіy Dyachkov

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Director: Mykyta Lyskov

Bio: Mykyta Lyskov has been creating non-commercial animation for more than ten years. He was born in 1983 in Dnipro, Ukraine. From 1997-2002 he studied painting at the art college. In 2012 he graduated from Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television, majoring in Animated Film Directing. Currenly Mykyta lives and works in Dnipro.

Filmography: I Bought a Bike (2016), The End (2017), Deep Love (2019)


Production: Т.Т.М.

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Крос / Cross / Крос

Ukraine, France / 2011, 15’

Director: Maryna Vroda

A boy is forced to run. Then he runs on his own. Then he watches another one run.

Awards: Palme d'Or for the Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival (2011)

Cross
Cross
Cross

Producer: Florence Keller

Screenwriter: Maryna Vroda

DOP: Volodymyr Іvanov

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Cast: Yehor Aharkov, Valerіya Bohdanova, Oleksandr Koval, Marіya Sodol


Director: Maryna Vroda

Bio: Maryna Vroda was born in 1982 in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2007 she graduated from Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. Since graduation she has worked as a screenwriter and as a film and television director. Her short films, including “The Oath” and “The Rain,” took part in international film festivals in Eastern and Western Europe. Her film “Cross” received a Cannes Festival Award in 2011 for best short film. Maryna is currently finishing the work on her debut feature.

Filmography: Family Portrait (2006); The Oath (2007); The Rain (2007); Cross (2011); Snails (2014)


Production: Les 3 lignes

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Письмо в Америку / Letter to America / Лист до Америки

Ukraine / 1999, 20’

Director: Kira Muratova

Several post-Soviet slackers want to record a video message for their friends who have moved to the United States.

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Letter to America
Letter to America
Letter to America

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Screenwriter: Sergei Chetvertkov

DOP: Hennadіy Karyuk

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Cast: Sergei Chetvertkov, Uta Kіlter, Pavlo Makarov, Mykola Sedniev


Director: Kira Muratova

Bio: Kira Muratova is a Ukrainian film director, screenwriter, and actress. She was born in Soroca, Moldova; graduated from the Directing Dept at VGIK in 1959. In her films she showed interest in modern ethical issues and ambiguous human characters. Muratova spent most of her artistic career in Odessa, creating her films with local studios, mostly casting local actors.

Filmography: Brief Encounters (1967), The Long Farewell (1971), The Asthenic Syndrome (1989), The Sentimental Policeman (1992), Three Stories (1987), Chekhov's Motifs (2002), Melody for a Street-organ (2009), Eternal Return (2012)


Production: Odesa Film Studios

Rightsholder: Ukrainian State Film Agency

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Подорожні / Wayfarers / Подорожні

Ukraine / 2005, 10’

Director: Іhor Strembіtskyi

A series of impressionistic documentary portraits of elderly actors in a senior citizen's home and in a psychiatric hospital in Kyiv with its strange customs.

Awards: Palme d'Or for the Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival (2005)

Wayfarers
Wayfarers
Wayfarers

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Screenwriter: Natalіya Kononchuk

DOP: Іhor Strembіtskyi, Artem Vasiliev

Composer: Mykhailo Starytskyi

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Director: Іhor Strembіtskyi

Bio: Іhor Strembіtskyi was born in 1973 in Paryshche, Ukraine. In 1994 he graduated from Chernivtsi Industry College. From 1993-2003 he studied documentary filmmaking at Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. For his short film “Wayfarers” he received the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005.

Filmography: Wayfarers (2005), Lesson of German (2006), Shepherds (2018)


Production: Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television

Rightsholder: Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television

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Як козаки у хокей грали / How the Cossacks Played Hockey / Як козаки у хокей грали

Ukraine / 1995, 18’

Director: Volodymyr Dakhno, Tadeush Pavlenko

The Canadian hockey team is arriving in Ukraine to play a game with the Cossacks, who are now the grandparents of the families. However, their uniforms are stolen by pirates who disguise themselves as hockey players...

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How the Cossacks Played Hockey
How the Cossacks Played Hockey
How the Cossacks Played Hockey

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Screenwriter: Eduard Kіrych, A. Lapa

DOP: Anatolіy Havrylov

Composer: Ігор Поклад

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Director: Volodymyr Dakhno, Tadeush Pavlenko

Bio: Volodymyr Dakhno was born in 1932 in Zaporizhia. He was a Ukrainian director, animator, and screenwriter. Recipient of the Taras Shevchenko State Prize in 1988. He made his animator debut in 1960. The heroes of his animated films "How the Cossacks" are the most recognizable characters in Ukrainian animation, a kind of national symbol. In total, Volodymyr Dakhno created nine short cartoons about the Zaporozhian Cossacks. Tadeush Pavlenko was born in 1934 in Kyiv. He was a Ukrainian film director, animator, screenwriter, and editor. From 1961 Tadeush was working at the Kyivnaukfilm Studios (now Ukranimafilm).

Filmography: How the Cossacks Played Hockey (1995)


Production: Ukranimafilm

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