This section changes with the times and each year brings a selection of films linked with a particular phenomenon – themes resonating in society, a cross-section of a particular genre, or even profiles of film industry figures. The theme of this year is dedicated to living through the war in Ukraine and coping with it.
Films of the section Focus: Ukraine
In the summer of 2014, sunflower fields and coal mines in eastern Ukraine turn into a 12 square kilometers crime scene. A multi-layered investigation into the downing of flight MH17, in which a butterfly-shaped shrapnel was found in the pilot’s body implicated the state responsible for a war crime that remains unpunished.
Andrii and Alisa, Ukrainian teenagers, have escaped the shelling of their native Kharkiv to Budapest. They hold after-school drawing classes for Ukrainian refugee children, and await news from their families back home. News reports and phone calls with family bring the harsh everyday reality of the war into their lives, while their street art protest …
WE WILL NOT FADE AWAY
Alisa Kovalenko, director of the film We Will Not Fade Away, had decided to put away video camera and fight for her country after the outbreak of the war. However, after some time she picked up the video camera again to show others what is going on in her country. She began working on the …
THE HAMLET SYNDROME
A young Ukrainian theater director takes us on a search for the Hamlets of today. Her theatrical production becomes the starting point for a thrilling portrait of a young Ukrainian generation marked by war and time of huge political change.
20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL
An AP team of Ukrainian journalists trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol struggle to continue their work documenting atrocities of the Russian invasion. As the only international reporters who remain in the city, they capture what later become defining images of the war: dying children, mass graves, the bombing of a maternity hospital, and …