A ukrainian youth (2014 – 2022)

2022 Programme

The war currently laying waste to Ukraine started well before the country was invaded by the russian army in late february : in 2014, in response to the people’s will, expressed on Maidan, for a european future. During these eight years, Ukrainian cinema has shown a vitality that is still too ignored, carried by a generation in direct contact with the political and aesthetic stakes of the present. It is this youth and vitality that the FID has chosen to shine a light on, with a programme bringing together thirteen short films, made between 2014 and 2022 by young ukrainian artists and directors, living and working in Ukraine.
Some are directly linked to the conflict dividing the country, and testify to what it is like to live with that anxiety, on the brink of catastrophe. Others express their concern for the world in experiments more distant from immediate political events. All of them share the invention of singular forms and writings, far from any conventions.
This programme was brought together in collaboration with the english critic and filmmaker Neil Young, who will be present during the festival to introduce some of the screenings.
As a complement to this collection of shorts directed before the russian invasion, we have also chosen to programme a feature film testifying to the war currently taking place : Marioupolis 2, by the lithuanian director and anthropologist Mantas Kvedaravicius, who was killed by the russian army on April 2nd as he was documenting the survival of a handful of civilians in the besieged and devastated city.
His close collaborators, chief among them Hanna Bilobrova, co-director, and Dounia Sichov, editor, chose to finish the work for which he lost his life. Jury president for this year’s French Competition at the FID, Dounia Sichov will be present at the screening.

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A film-critic/researcher and programmer, Stanislav Bytiutskyi (b. Kyiv 1984) assembles a fictional work with documentary feel. 24 is for much of its length an exercise in encroaching darkness as two...

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Zoya Laktionova Mariupol is now synonymous with siege and destruction. But for filmmaker-photographer Zoya Laktionova (b. 1984)—see also Maria Stoianova’s Ma—her home town’s waterside has...

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Mykyta Lyskov Perhaps the most prominent and radical figure in Ukrainian animation, Lyskov (b. 1983) crafts a surreal portrait of his home city Dnipro. Documenting how the people of the riverine...

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AntiGonna Oksana Andreieva (b.1986), a.k.a. AntiGonna, is a transgressive, radical figure in the Ukrainian and Polish art-scenes: in recent years she has worked extensively in Kyiv, Odesa and...

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Dana Kavelina Kyiv artist Dana Kavelina (b. 1995) ranges across books, illustrations, animation, painting, graphics and video as she tackles military violence and individual/communal trauma through...

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Kharkiv duo Andriy Rachinskiy (b. 1990) and Daniil Revkovskiy (b. 1993) have since 2012 earned international exposure for their multi- disciplinary work at the rich intersection of installation,...

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Maria Stoianova Kyiv-based Maria Stoianova (b. 1986) delivers a paean to persistence and self-reliance in the form of video-diary dispatches from Zinaida, a woman living in Mariupol—the tragic...

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Yana Bachynska Originally from Lviv, Yana Bachynska (b. 1991) is a multi-media artist and researcher based in Kyiv. His practice encompasses installation, performance, drawing and moving-image work,...

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Yarema Malashchuk, Roman Himey Taking its title from Walt Whitman, this is the latest fruit of an ongoing psychogeographic project by two Kyiv-based artists hailing from the western city of...

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Oleg Isakov Made under the auspices of the now-defunct Kyiv-based "ruïns collective" —which writer-director Oleg Isakov co-founded with Elias Parvulesco and Teta Tsybulnyk (they serve as...

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Larion Lozovoy A Kyiv-based artist, researcher and writer whose practice illuminatingly interrogates Soviet and post-Soviet history with special emphasis on his native Ukraine, Larion Lozovoy (b....

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Alina Kleytman Alina Kleytman is a multidisciplinary artist from Kharkiv. In 2021, along with Nikita Kadan and Bogdana Kosmina, she founded the curatorial group Wet Hole and the Dzherelo Art...

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Yarema Malashchuk, Roman Himey From Kyiv-based duo Yarema&Khimei (see New City of Friends), an enigmatic docu-fiction hybrid which teasingly plays with expectation and mood—only revealing the...

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Oleksander Hoisan One-man-band artist Oleksandr Hoisan (b. 2001), originally from Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine, studies film in Kyiv; he deploys new technologies—specifically «open...

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Elias Parvulesco Teta Tsybulnyk Svitlana Pototska In 2017, Kyiv-based film/art group "ruïns collective" was founded by Elias Parvulesco, Teta Tsybulnyk and Oleg Isakov (see Room To Live). Three...

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Mantas Kvedaravičius "Do you know what the most incredible thing was, about Mariupol? No one feared death, even if people thought they did. Death was already there, and everyone wanted to die...

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