Ukrainian documentary cinema prides itself on a long tradition of poetic camera work, engaging observation, and expressive editing. The selection includes four recent films that allow the viewers to explore the country’s past and present, travel through time and space from urban to rural sites and from Eastern to Western parts of the country. Oleksiy Radynski’s sensitive portrait of a renowned architect zooms on the hot debate unfolding around his landmark construction - “flying saucer” concert hall in Kyiv, which becomes the object of developers’ manipulation (Infinity According to Florian). Dmytro Hreshko’s Mountains and Heaven in Between transports the viewers to the picturesque Carpathian mountains, showing how the medics push themselves to the limits during the covid pandemic to protect the local community while the latter is unwilling to give up on their daily routines. Boney Piles takes us to Eastern Ukraine to show the lives of two children, struggling to find meaning to their lives just a few hundred meters away from the frontline. Igor Ivanko explores his own family past as well as the history of famous Odesa film studio in Fragile Memories, mining the past of his grandfather Leonid Burlaka, a famous Ukrainian Soviet cinematographer who preserves a wealth of stories and his dignity while struggling with Alzheimer.
The section is prepared in cooperation with Docudays UA.