Ukrainian Feature Film Competition

Living Fire

Director: Ostap Kostyuk

Country: Ukraine 

An artistic documentary about the life of shepherds in the Ukrainian Carpathians, and the fate of traditional crafts against the background of modern changes. About a day-to-job work without weekends, or any right to show weakness. About the harmonious world we have lost in the search for comfort, and about the childhood we leave behind when we put on the roles of adults.

Bhumi

Director: Elena Kutinova

Country: Ukraine

The Ukrainian family of Manilyuk took on the mission of rescuing and protecting cows. Magnificent animals of different species come here under a variety of circumstances. Many of them are bought on the way to the slaughterhouse for donations from people from all over the world. The shelter also preserves and propagates the oldest Ukrainian breed "Ukrainian gray". It was to this breed that Chumak oxen belonged. Bhumi is the Vedic goddess of the Earth. The main message of the film is philosophical. We try to reveal the theme of interaction between man and nature, we are looking for recipes for happiness and harmony. The film tells about the technologies of conservation of agriculture, tells the 12-year history of the shelter and interesting stories about Bhumi pets.

New Jerusalem  

Director: Yarema Malashchuk, Roman Khimei 

Country: Ukraine 

Annually, thousands of Ukrainian Christians undertake a pilgrimage to Zarvanytsia — a sacred place. Between prayers they share news, brag about their wealth, take pictures of chapels, give interviews, witness miracles. Witness miracles?

A Portrait on the Background of Mountains

Director: Maxim Rudenko

Country: Ukraine

In the depth of Carpathian Mountains, a woman photographer captured for thirty years the life of the rural people. After she died, a box with thousands of negatives was found under her bed. A mystical journey of connecting the past with the present starts. In capturing the authentic life of the mountains people the film tells life stories of the forgotten region of the Carpathian.

Delta

Director: Alexander Techinsky

Country: Ukraine

The white winter blizzard covers everything. Now we can only rely on the saints, on our prayers. The future has sailed away, with us left behind. Lost, we did not board the magic ship. The task at hand is simple - not to perish in the fog, not to die from the cold, not to get trapped under the ice. Not to fall in our own traps. Or are we all in one big trap anyway? Running around in a small circle, counting those who vanished.

Mnohaya lita. Stoyko

Director: Vyacheslav Bihun

Country: Ukraine

A 100-year-old Ukrainian scholar's inspirational story about longevity, mentality and connection with nature

Heaven

Director: Alexander Tkachenko

Country: Ukraine

Demyan gave up his pension, passport and electricity. For many years he lived alone, diligently praying to his father Innocent. Seraphima is the abbess and the only novice of the non-existent monastery. She dreams of reviving the former glory of the sect and, together with black archaeologists, is excavating the Garden of Eden, a unique underground monastery. The Innokentievites are an old Russian sect that gained immense popularity in the early twentieth century. Incredibly expressive and eccentric. The film tells about the life of the last adherents of the eccentric cult.

Land of Molfars

Director: Dima Kosygin

Country: Ukraine

The young molfar travels through the Carpathian mountains in search of a connection with nature itself. Passing through fire and water, he finds himself in a meadow, where he sees four moths near a huge fire and dissolves into space-time. At the same time, the old molfars tell their amazing stories about the extraordinary, about what fills the life of the most mystical region of Ukraine, the Hutsul region...

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