Film Archive

Jahr

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

Rodnye (Close Relations)

Documentary Film
Estonia,
Germany,
Latvia,
Ukraine
2016
112 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Simone Baumann, Guntis Trekteris, Natalya Manskaya, Marianna Kaat
Vitaly Mansky
Harmo Kallaste
Aleksandra Ivanova
Pēteris Ķimelis, Gunta Ikere
Vitaly Mansky
Harmo Kallaste
Over the past few years, Vitaly Mansky’s own voice has found its way into his films again and again. He is a laconic commentator, deliberately factual and yet not without emotions. He wishes he had never been forced to make this film. This is how “Rodnye (Close Relations)” begins, his report of the eventful year between May 2014 and May 2015. For the Ukraine – the subject of the film – it was the most important year since World War Two ended: an ongoing political earthquake that left no stone standing and – to stick to the metaphors of social seismography – opened deep rifts between the people. Mansky’s balancing act does not lead to just anybody but to his nearest relatives. His birthplace in Lviv is the starting point of a journey that has much to offer. Surprise: his mother speaks Ukrainian; his great uncle is still alive – in Donbass! But also disappointment: the aunts – one of them living in western Ukraine, the other on the Crimea – have stopped talking to each other. And shock: his cousin’s son was drafted, which in late 2014 carries a deeper meaning.

Mansky himself has now moved out of his home near the Kremlin and lives in emigration, like so many others. There’s no place for nostalgia in his still disintegrating “home country”, his film teaches us – an attempt to approach the issue by a man who’s deliberately growing more and more estranged.

Barbara Wurm


Nominated for MDR Film Prize
International Competition (from 2015) 2016
The Leading Role Serhiy Bukovsky

She was a film diva, the muse of one of the star directors of the Soviet Union – and she’s the mother of the director who now asks what played the leading role in her life. The tender demolition of a staged act.

The Leading Role

Documentary Film
Ukraine
2016
63 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Maksym Asadchy
Serhiy Bukovsky
Giya Kancheli
Anatoliy Khymych, Serhiy Bukovsky
Svitlana Zaloga, Maksym Desyateryk
Serhiy Bukovsky
Ihor Barba, Borys Peter
Her face is a landscape of cracks and furrows, her voice deep, rough and sensual. She smokes, drinks, is gruff – and her former and present – in her own way – beauty and pride still shine through. Nina Antonova was a film star in the former Soviet Union and more than that, the muse of Anatoliy Bukovsky, a very busy director, workaholic and charismatic. They were married for 48 years. He is the gap in the film, for he died in 2006. What’s left are the Order of Lenin and a lot more “metal” that can’t be found in this flat cluttered with memories of former triumphs that came between mother and son. There was no place for a child then.

Serhiy Bukovsky’s answer to the world of masks, premieres and red carpets was to become a documentary filmmaker who now points his camera at his mother. He bathes her in soft light, traces tender traits, and confronts her. The scenic arrangements vacillate between devotion and dismantling, staging and confrontation. Everything is put to the test. Oedipus light. “Forget Stanislavski”, he calls – to an actress playing the role of a mother.

Cornelia Klauß


Nominated for MDR Film Prize