Falling

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    Falling

    Strimholov

    Directed by

    Ukraine

    2017

    105 min

    • English
    • Ukrainian

    Drama

    A fragile love story between a boy and a girl in today's post-revolutionary Ukraine. Anton, a former enfant prodige composer who couldn’t handle his obsession with music, returns to Ukraine after a long period in rehab for drugs and alcohol. Katia, an ordinary girl living on the outskirts of Kyiv, is planning to move to Berlin with her boyfriend, a German photographer. Two bewildered, lost young people who meet at a crucial point in their lives for a few days of happiness together in a shattered society in search of a new national identity.

    Awards

    • Audience Award Jeanne Moreau - Premiers Plans FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Andriy Seletskiy
    Dasha Plahtiy
    Oleg Mosiychuk
    Screenplay
    Marina Stepanska
    Cinematography
    Sebastian Thaler
    Editing
    Borys Peter
    Music
    Mykyta Moiseiev

    Director's Statement

    A story about love that happened to small people in times of big change in the country. It ’s not the plot that matters in this story, but rather the emergence of a world (consisting mainly of “life intervals”, pauses and reactions to the events) inside another world (the objective on e) and its subsequent collapse. It is an attempt to capture a certain truth about life that is impossible to retell, that often lurks in the ordinary, the unconscious “here and now” and only gets reveal ed in unexpected conjunctions of things, unlinkable at first sight, or through distancing from the subject. The external world is absurd, it consists of incompatible things and communication breakdowns, whereas the internal world, the world of love between these two “unheroic characters” is harmonic, it allows for communication to happen on all levels. It is also a story about the impossibility of such love in the long term and the imminence of treason that leads to the death of one of the characters. The subplot of the film is also the story of a man betraying his gift: it doesn’t matter whether it’s in the name of a duty, survival and out of cowardice – in any case it means death on a certain level.

    Production
    TATO FILM
    Production
    INSIGHTMEDIA PRODUCING CENTER
    Sales
    TVCO

    Press

    A well-shot debut that, through a beautifully performed love story, brings a fresh perspective on contemporary Ukraine.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    Marina Stepanska

    Marina Stepanska

    Ukraine

    Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Marina Stepanska graduated from the Karpenko-Kary National University of Film, Theatre and Television (Film Department, specialty: director, under V. Popkov and I. Fabish). Marina worked at the experimental theatre School, where she studied the methodology of working with non-actors. She completed the 6-month ARCHIDOC program for documentary filmmakers at the French national film school La FEMIS, and studied the theory and practice of editing at the apprenticeship with editor Valdis Oskarsdottir (Iceland). She made a few short films as well. Her scripted feature debut FALLING (2017) received several awards at international film festivals and 3 awards at the National Film Awards “Golden Dzyga” in 2018. Her latest short DESATURATED (2019) premiered at Odessa IFF.

    Selected Filmography