Ukraine

Andriy Donchik – Kisnevij Golod AKA Oxygen Starvation (1992)

Soviet army was one the worst for human dignity places to be. The task of the army was to turn freethinkers into normal dumb Soviet people. An intelligent Ukrainian guy refuses to obey. Read More »

Kira Muratova – Kukla AKA Doll (2008)

Fraud has always been a burning issue. The story could have taken place in any era. But the very title – “The Doll”, that is, a fake wad of money – points to our times. The character in the film is a hilarious sadist. It’s a perversion of the psyche that borders on insanity: “I hate my ex-wife so much that I’ll pretend to ennoble her and actually play a trick on her.” Read More »

Valentyn Vasyanovych – Riven chornoho AKA Black Level (2017)

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Loneliness dwells in a big city; Kostya, the wedding photographer, dwells there too. At work, he is surrounded by happy people celebrating special moments in their lives. Kostya is about to turn 50, and he is drastically losing everything he used to cherish. Will he cope with his despair and regain the joy of life? Read More »

Oksana Kazmina – The Secret, the Girl and the Boy (2018)

The Girl and the Boy play in a garden. They are left alone there and they do not have any obligations to behave in a certain way. This gives them the freedom to create their own ways of interaction with the world. During such an interaction, adult social constructs inter-twist into weird children folklore and shift into an abstract sphere. There are secrets and various modes of being in the world of the Girl and the Boy.
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Marina Stepanska – Kanikuly AKA Holidays (2013)

This is a story of young people from nowhere, a story about anatomy of a break-up and finding yourself. Read More »

Oksana Kazmina – Zarosli AKA Vines (2017)

Very brief description: Feminist porn with mirrors.
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The mirror stage is a phenomenon to which I assign a twofold value. In the first place, it has historical value as it marks a decisive turning-point in the mental development of the child. In the second place, it typifies an essential libidinal relationship with the body image. (Lacan, Some reflections on the Ego, 1953) Read More »

Aleksey Solodunov & Dmitry Stoykov & Oleksandr Techynskyi – All Things Ablaze (2014)

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What does the violent heart of revolution feel like? A visceral documentary from Maidan square in the violent Ukrainian winter of 2013-14. Read More »