Film Archive

Diorama

Documentary Film
Ukraine
2018
12 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Nadia Parfan
Zoya Laktionova
Zoia Laktionova
Mykola Bazarkin
Zoya Laktionovа
Andrew Borysenko
Offscreen voices remember a childhood in Mariupol, happy days by the sea. With their schoolmates they had planted willow trees that still grace the shore, more than fifty years later. Today the beach is deserted, only a few fishermen are waiting for a catch. Even the deepwater port seems abandoned. The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has changed everything overnight. The holiday region is now a dangerous exclusion zone. What’s left are the memories.

Annina Wettstein
Next Masters Competition Short Film 2018
It’s Breathing Polina Olkhovnikova

Ambling through the gray landscapes of industry, traffic and the port of Zaporizhia, Ukraine, the flaneur catches the shapes of the city, orders them and seasons them with poetic interventions.

It’s Breathing

Documentary Film
Ukraine
2018
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Nadia Parfan
Polina Olkhovnikova
Ruslan Popov
Polina Olkhovnikova
Slava Polyantsev
Polina Olkhovnikova
Polina Olkhovnikova
Ksenia Vinogradova
Polina Olkhovnikova is a flaneuse ambling through the urban cosmos. She captures the shapes of the city, orders them and seasons them with small poetic interventions: a view through a prism, reduced animations. A meditative stroll set to trip hop beats which gives the restless director time to dream. And which does not aim for beauty, since she’s strolling through the grey industrial, traffic and harbour town of Zaporizhia.

André Eckardt


Nominated for the Young Eyes Film Award

International Competition 2018
No Obvious Signs Alina Gorlova

A haunting study of a highly decorated Ukrainian soldier who after her service is struggling with panic attacks and has great difficulties finding back to a civilian life.

No Obvious Signs

Documentary Film
Ukraine
2018
62 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Mariya Berlinska, Alina Gorlova
Alina Gorlova
Ptakh Jung
Oleksiy Kuchma
Alina Gorlova
Alina Gorlova
Vasyl Yavtushenko
A war that destabilises the country and traumatises its people has been simmering in the Ukraine since 2014. Reservists like circa 50-year-old Oksana, who left the army highly decorated after her term of service ended, are struggling with the psychological effects of their experiences. But when the body looks unharmed, psychological trauma often goes unnoticed – by doctors as well as by those affected.

Oksana suffers from anxiety and extreme panic attacks and is among the few Ukrainians who have access to medically supervised treatment of their post traumatic stress disorder. The film follows a strong, thinking woman on her way back to life and demonstrates impressively how indelibly war eats into life.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Awarded with the MDR Film Prize

The Bridge

360°-Film
Denmark,
Ukraine
2017
10 minutes

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Khora Contemporary
Nikita Shalenny
Nadja Odesiuk
We are on a journey around the world. Accompanied by ghost-like creatures we cross oceans and forests, pass desolate places. The horizon is only an illusion – an imaginary line that will never be reached. The bridge as starting and endpoint serves as a symbol for an escape to a better reality.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann

The Winter Garden’s Tale

Documentary Film
Czech Republic,
Ukraine
2018
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Alex Chepiga, Taras Bosak, Artem Koliubaiev
Simon Mozgovyi
Roman Grygoriv, Elliah Razumeiko
Denis Melnik
Mykola Bazarkin, Simon Mozgovyi
Simon Mozgovyi
Natalya Avramenko, Andrii Nidzelskyi, Michal Pajdiak
For 45 years, all her working life, Valentina Voronina has worked in the greenhouse of the “Exhibition of the Achievements of the National Economy of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic” in Kiev, now the “Expocenter of the Ukraine” and very much in need of renovation. She spends her days in a modest wooden bungalow in the middle of her small empire of plants, not far from the impressive but decaying giant winter garden. Now, in the midst of preparations for the next winter, she’s to go. The management is to be taken over by a landscape architect. But Valentina Voronina refuses to give way. She is convinced that the welfare of the plants depends on her personally. All at once her life’s work, the history of the greenhouse to which the plants bear testimony, is threatened. A film about the end of an era.

Fabian Tietke


Nominated for the MDR Film Prize