BRAMA by Volodymyr Tykhyy / 2017 / Ukraine / USA / 107’

Inside the Chornobyl exclusion zone Grandma Prisa, the family matriarch, consorts with water nymphs, eats a diet filled with hallucinogenic mushrooms, and claims to have personally stabbed 12 SS soldiers to death during World War II. She lives together with her divorced and chronically ill daughter Slava and grandson Vova. Unexpectedly, their measured life comes to an end – Grandma Prisa receives a mystical warning about an impending catastrophe.

PIGS by Roman Liubyi / 2016 / Ukraine / 12`

A loser cop Tolik kills his wife. Turns out, her body has an incredible power – it can heal. Out of this skill, Tolik and his friend build a good business. But one day a big client approaches them, leading the town to judgment day.

WHEN THE TREES FALL by Marysia Nikitiuk / 2017 / Ukraine / Poland / Macedonia / 107`

The story of a five year old little rebellious girl Vitka with her teenage cousin Larysa and her boyfriend, the young criminal Scar unfolds in a Ukrainian provincial setting. Larysa finds herself at a crossroads after the death of her father. Yearning to be selfmade, the village community ostracizes her for loving Scar. Larysa discovers her grandmother once sacrificed her love for a young gypsie abandoning him for traditional values and other people’s opinions. Larysa’s mother is too psychologically weak to support her daughter. Larysa and Scar plan to escape from a life of crime, misery and their relatives. But are they ready to pay the full price for freedom?

DIDOCHOK by Volodymyr Tykhyy /2015 / Ukraine / 9`

An absurd story reflecting contemporary social problems in Ukraine, told in the century old language of cinema, linking modernity and traditional Soviet socialist realism. Classical imagery imitates an old ideology contradicting the author’s worldview revealing the roots of reality’s distorition in this post-Soviet ambiance showing that cultural, political and economic problems are knotted in military conflict. Anti-archetypical grandparents are the main characters who step by step are traveling through film clichés culminating in a grotesque unnatural finale that no longer seems absurd…

COMMEMORATION by Iryna Tsilyk / 2012 / Ukraine / 24`

Selling the homestead can be painflully difficult. The hero is forced to confront the past when she tries to complete the sale of her grandfather’s house. In the place of her childhood she finds some answers to questions about life.

LACES by Oleg Fedchenko / 2016 / Ukraine / 7`

An allegorical film about the relationship between two ends of one shoelace that don’t realize they are part of one thing.

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