Credenza

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    Credenza

    Directed by

    Ukraine

    2013

    81 min

    • Ukrainian

    Comedy drama

    CREDENZA is a Christmas tale and a bad dream. The hero must overcome serious obstacles in order to just be able to live his life and do his work. Why is life this way? Is it worth compromising oneself for the sake of some mythical blessings? These are the questions our hero is faced with. The film is set in Lviv, in the wintertime. A festive facade hides cluttered yards and crude living spaces. And behind the external friendliness and generosity of people hide wild desires and immoral acts.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Award - Odessa IFF

    Credits

    Cast
    Olga Gryshyna
    Andriy Saminin
    Mykhaylo Zhonin
    Natalia Vasko
    Screenplay
    Valentyn Vasyanovych
    Iya Myslytska
    Cinematography
    Yuriy Dunay
    Production
    LLC GARMATA FILM PRODUCTION

    Press

    brilliant use of comedy in depicting current social issues.

    FIPRESCI Jury, FIPRESCI.org

    Valentyn Vasyanovych

    Valentyn Vasyanovych

    Ukraine

    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 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 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. Vasynovych latest film received the FIPRESCI prize at Odesa IFF and went on to be long-listed for the Academy Awards 2018.

    Selected Filmography