Official Selection


Valentyn Vasyanovych | Ukraine | 2019 | 108 min.
O.V in Ukrainian subtitled in English and Spanish

Awarded Best Film of the Orizzonti section in Venice. Ukraine in a dystopian near future, an ex-combatant with post-traumatic stress disorder lives in a ruinous environment, still mined and uninhabitable by the ravages of the climate: the Chernobyl that leaves war behind. When he is fired, he discovers an unexpected way to deal with this reality: join the Black Tulips, a mission dedicated to exhume bodies from the ruins. There he meets archeologist Katya; maybe a new future is possible, maybe he can live in his skin again. Visually overwhelming and darkly beautiful, a film that raises a barely discussed issue, war as an ecological catastrophe.

Direction : Valentyn Vasyanovych
Script: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Cinematography: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Editing: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Sound: Serhiy Stepansky
Cast: Andriy Rymaruk, Liudmyla Bileka, Vasyl Antoniak
Production: Iya Myslytska, Valentyn Vasyanovych, Vladimir Yatsenko


He was born in 1971 in Ukraine and graduated from The National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television of Karpenko-Kary as cinematographer and documentary filmmaker, as well as from The Wajda School in Poland. In 2004 his short documentary Against the Sun received the Jury Prize at Clermont-Ferrand, the Grand Prix at Nancy, mention of the jury at the Toronto and several other awards. His full-length documentary Prysmerk was awarded Special Mention at Docudays in Kiev and received the Golden Duke as the best Ukrainian film at Odesa in 2015. In 2012 he made his debut feature Business as Usual (Special Jury Mention in Odesa, FICC award). His second feature film Kredens received the FIPRESCI prize at Odessa and went on to be long-listed for the Academy Awards 2018. In 2014 he worked as a producer and DOP on Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe that won the Grand Prize at Cannes’ Critics week and more than 40 other prizes around the globe. His film Atlantis won the Venice Horizons Award in Venice.