School Number 3

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    School Number 3

    Shkola nomer 3

    Directed by

    Ukraine, Germany


    116 min

    • Russian
    • Ukrainian


    ‘A year ago I learned that life is unfair. And I still think that.’

    In the familiar surroundings of their everyday lives, they talk about things that matter to them, about experiences that move them, about first love and loss, hopes and fears. 13 adolescents from a school in Donbass which was destroyed during the war in Ukraine, and subsequently rebuilt, share themselves in front of the camera. 13 lives inhabiting an intermediary space, both emotionally and socially.


    • Grand Jury Prize - Berlinale Generation



    Khrystyna Lizogub
    Yelizaveta Smith


    A range of tenderness, trauma, and even banality and humor.

    Generation 14plus International Jury

    Yelizaveta Smith

    Yelizaveta Smith


    Yelizavetha was born in Odessa, 1990. She studied mathematic but than totally changed her way and graduated from Kiev National University of Theatre and Cinema in 2014. During the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, she took part in protests and started to film documentaries. From December 2014, she started volunteering with children in the city of Mykolaivka in Donetsk area, where the war destroyed the city. The volunteering process turned into a film SCHOOL NUMBER 3 (2016), which won the Grand Prix at Berlinale 2017 Generation 14+ program. SOLITUDE (2019) is her first fictional film and it premiered in competition at Odessa International Film Festival.

    Selected Filmography

    Georg Genoux

    Georg Genoux


    Georg Genoux was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1976, he is a director, curator and one of the co-founders of the documentary theatre project teatr.doc and of the Joseph Beuys Theatre in Moscow. Since 2003 he has staged and produced more than 80 theatre projects in Eastern Europe. His productions have been invited to numerous international festivals. Since 2015 he has been working with Nataliya Vorozhbyt as the joint artistic director of the Theatre of Displaced People in Kiev, Ukraine. His first film which he co-directed with Yelizaveta Smith was SCHOOL NUMBER 3 which screened at Generation Berlinale.