Ukraine Stay Real


THU 24/10 AT 19:00 FYRIS
SUN 27/10 AT 150:0 FYRIS

It is weird. But it is real. I had never thought that I would have to face several revolutions and ongoing war with Russia during my lifetime. The recent change of government in Ukraine and the comeback of old-new populists both here and in numerous European countries shocked us equally. We’re all in the same boat.

The two programs we present are based on conflicting emotions every Ukrainian has to experience; enjoying the congruence and realness of what Ukraine is with the constant challenges of this very moment in history and getting annoyed by its non-logical, yet charming, weirdness.

Many things are a “work in progress” in Ukraine, while the level of freedom equals the level of personal responsibility for it, and obviously, it is fruitful soil for diverse artistic visions.

The filmmakers we’ve chosen work with big budgets or no budget at all. The program Ukraine Stay Real is based on chronology and motifs starting from a turning point in the modern history of Ukraine – the Revolution of Dignity – and ending with the techno party 5 years later.

The surrealistic animated world seems more real than reality. Ukraine Stay Weird is a trip to unconscious traumas of a single person that influences the whole society. Together they form a rather subjective, but nevertheless loud, message.

Curator: Olha Reiter, Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art


The history of the Ukrainian Maidan during 2013-2014 passes through the faces of the heroes of the Ukrainian Revolution in the 21st century–from a romantic vocal beginning to a burning fiery struggle for freedom and independence.

UKRAINE 2014. 25 min. DIRECTION: Nikon Romanchenko


Life flows in its everyday reality, but then suddenly something elusive changes its course. All that is left is the chance to plunge into memories where everything is preserved, as if in a museum.

UKRAINE 2018. 12 min. DIRECTION: Tetiana Kornieieva, Zoya Laktionova


Kate is a young lonely mother. She falls in love with a fellow but does not have the courage to tell him that she has a son. As their relationship develops rapidly the revelation becomes more complicated. The choice between her personal life and responsibility for her son arises.

UKRAINE 2017. 27 min. DIRECTION: Maryna Roschyna


Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Himey documented Cxema, the biggest rave in Ukraine, born after the revolution in 2013-2014. The party offered the new generation a chance to reclaim the city, to explore it and to express themselves. The film was shot at Dovzhenko Film Studios on 21 April 2018. With a very careful and discreet camera presence so as not to disturb the experience, we slowly synchronize with filmed ravers and the music of Stanislav Tolkachov. By watching dancing individuals and crowds, we embody the dance of Cxema and exit through the smoke. The filmmakers provide us with an intimate experience of daytime outside of the party, following wandering youth.

UKRAINE 2019. 8 min. DIRECTION: Yarema&Himey


Deep love has finally happened in Ukraine.

UKRAINE 2019. 14 min. DIRECTION: Mykyta Lyskov


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