Ukrainian Films at Bamberger Kurzfilmtage 2019

Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art presents 2 programs of Ukrainian films at the film festival in Bamberg, Germany. Our curators have chosen films that are representative and relevant to current situation in Ukraine. The programs will be presented on 23rd of January – ‘Personal is Political’ and ‘Skeletons in the Closet’ on 26th of January. We’re grateful directors for the trust and parters for the cooperation.

Program of the films 

THE WONDERFUL YEARS 9’ Svitlana Shymko Ukraine 2018

The research film “The Wonderful Years” explores the lives of queer women in Ukraine in the late Soviet Union. It is based on the archive video materials and interview excerpts from the research projects on LGBT history.


MANDRAGORA 27’ Marysia Nikityuk Ukraine 2015

Olga’s husband disappeared during the war in eastern Ukraine. Desperate for answers, she turns to witches, who tell her about her husband’s death. Olga loses the will to live, but the witches prepare an mandrake infusion for her to drink.


KIEV MOSCOW 24′ Anna Lyubynetska Czech Republic, Ukraine 2016

Renata’s brother is away at war. One day she gets a work assignment to take care of a young man who comes from the enemy’s country)


DIORAMA 12’ Tetiana Kornieieva, Zoya Laktionova Ukraine 2018

Life flows in its everyday reality, but then suddenly something elusive changes its course. All that is left is the chance to plunge into memories where everything is preserved, as if in a museum.


MIA DONNA 17’ Pavlo Ostrikov Ukraine 2018

The life of forty-six- year-old Oksana changes when her husband Tolik turns into a seven-year- old boy. Doctors are powerless and nobody can turn him back.


BLOOD SAUSAGE 23′ Arkadiy Nepytaliuk Ukraine 2016

Andrii’s parents butchered a pig to make traditional Ukrainian meal, blood sausage, for Masha, their future daughter-in-law. They want to meet her as their own, to cook the best meal they can – a dish made of pig blood. But Masha is Jewish. And no one knows about it except Andrii.


70 STREETS 7’ Maks Lyzhov Ukraine 2016

When Brovary village officially became a town, one third of its residents were communist. After 60 years and three revolutions such proportion didn’t change: thirty percent of its streets keep the names of the former empire.


TECHNICAL BREAK 28′ Philip Sotnychenko Ukraine 2017

Sometimes the most important events pass unnoticed. The movie follows the events that take place during the break in a supermarket. In the course of this technical break, the cashier who hides her pregnancy manages to steal items from the supermarket, sell them at the bazar and lose hope for a happy motherhood before returning to her workplace.


AFTERTASTE 20′ Yura Katynsky Ukraine 2017

The guy comes back to the small city, where he meets his old friends. They have a good time together. In the end of the day they decided to continue their “meeting”. They get into a car with a stranger, whose motives are unknown. Such a spontaneous action turns out to be a chance to become closer to each other and find yourself.


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