The programme with DocuDays UA comes in addition to the festivals’ wider focus on Ukraine, which launches the British Council and Ukrainian Institute’s UK/Ukraine Season of Culture. This launch occurred on Friday, 24 June with Volodymyr Tykhyy’s One Day in Ukraine.
The DocuDays UA programme features selections across Sheffield Doc/Fest activities, including the four films that would have made its National Competition, and originally screened at the 62nd Krakow Film Festival. A further two films will screen in full, including what would have been the 2022 DocuDays UA opening selection (Boney Piles). Additionally, five Ukrainian projects are included amongst the 35 projects at the festival’s pitching forum, while three will present Works-In-Progress as part of the Industry Programme.
Docudays UA Official Competition Films
- Infinity According to Florian (dir. Oleksiy Radynski)
As this riveting portrait of the multi-hyphenate artist Florìan Jur’jev unfurls, the acclaimed architect faces one of the greatest challenges of his storied career.
- Mountains and Heaven in Between (dir. Dmytro Hreshko)
An intimate portrait of life in a remote mountain village, seen through the eyes of four paramedics, as the spectre of COVID-19 becomes a reality.
- Plai. A Mountain Path (dir. Eva Dzhyshyashvili)
Eva Dzhyshyashvili’s contemplative film details rural life for a couple whose world is irrevocably impacted by conflict but whose resilience perseveres.
- Pryvoz (dir. Eva Neymann)
A vast market in Odessa is the setting for this fascinating observational documentary, highlighting its role as an artery in the everyday activities of city life.
Further Docusdays UA Screenings
- Peace & Tranquility (dir. Myro Klochko)
Playwright Andrii Bondarenko’s life – the peace and tranquility of his boyhood, bookended by historical traumas and conflict – is encapsulated in a film produced two weeks after the Russian invasion.
- Boney Piles (dir. Taras Tomenko)
Taras Tomenko’s powerful film explores the physical, psychological and emotional impact of war on children, and the resilience that endures in spite of it.
- Expedition 49 (dir. Alisa Kovalenko; prod. Stephane Siohan, Valery Kalmykov, Tomek Morawski) – Ukraine/France/Poland
- Fragments of Ice (dir. Maria Stoianova; prod Alina Gorlova, Maksym Nakonechnyi) – Ukraine
- Iron Butterflies (dir. Roman Liubiy; prod. Andrii Kotliar, Volodymyr Tykhyy) – Ukraine/Germany/France
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- Intercepted (dir. Oksana Karpovych; prod. Giacomo Nudi, Rocío Barba Fuentes) – Ukraine/Canada
- Ivan & Marta. A Day Before the War (dir. Sergey Bukovsky; prod. Oksana Ivaniouk) – Ukraine
- Nice Ladies (working title) (dir. Mariia Ponomarova; prod. Rogier Kramer, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Anna Zobnina, Alina Gorlova) – Netherlands/Ukraine
- Shut the Fuck Up! (dir. Taisiia Kutuzova; prod. Stephane Siohan, Olga Beskhmelnytsina) – Ukraine/France
- UP IN THE AIR (dir. Oksana Syhareva; prod. Oksana Syhareva, Nataliia Pogudina, Karla Stojakova) – Ukraine/Czech Republic