Black Level

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    Black Level

    Riven chornoho

    Directed by



    91 min

    • No dialogue


    Loneliness dwells in a big city; Kostya, the wedding photographer, dwells there too. At work, he is surrounded by happy people celebrating special moments in their lives. Kostya is about to turn 50, and he is drastically losing everything he used to cherish. Will he cope with his despair and regain the joy of life?


    • FIPRESCI Prize - Odesa IFF
    • Grand Prix, The Ecumenical Jury Award - Fribourg IFF
    • Ukrainian submission for the Academy Awards


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    Kostyantyn Mokhnach
    Kateryna Molchanova
    Valentyn Vasyanovych

    Valentyn Vasyanovych


    The way I work, I don’t stick too much to the script. I prefer to absorb situations. I know what I am trying to get, sure, but I usually leave some space for miracles to happen.

    Valentyn Vasyanovych is a Ukrainian director, producer and DoP. He was born in 1971 in Zhytomyr, Ukraine and graduated from The National University of theatre, cinema and television of Karpenko-Kary as cinematographer (1995) and documentary filmmaker (2000), as well as from The Wajda School in Poland (2007). In 2004, he gained recognition as a documentary filmmaker - his documentary AGAINST THE SUN (2004) received the Jury Prize at Clermont-Ferrand IFF, the Grand Prix at Nancy FF, mention of the jury at the Toronto IFF and several other awards. His full-length documentary PRYSMERK (2015) was awarded Special Mention at Docudays FF in Kiev and recieved the Golden Duke as the best Ukrainian film at Odesa IFF in 2015. In 2012, he made his debut feature BUSINESS AS USUAL (Odessa IFF, Special Jury Mention, FICC award). His second feature film KREDENS was awarded a prize by Odesa's FIPRESCI Jury. In 2014, Valentyn Vasyanovych worked as a producer and DoP on Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's THE TRIBE, which became the biggest international success of Ukrainian film, winning the Grand Prize at Cannes’ Critics week and more than 40 other prizes around the globe. His 2017 feature, BLACK LEVEL, won the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Ukrainian Feature at the Odessa International Film Festival. ATLANTIS (2019) won Best Film in the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival.

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