Ukrainian Film Festival 17 November - 1 December

Ukrainian Film Festival 2020 | ONLINE
Films Beyond Borders
17 November – 1 December 2020, watch for free, any time via our festival web platform
Hosted by the Ukrainian Institute London and Cambridge Ukrainian Studies

Escape the woes of the second lockdown and immerse yourself in experiences beyond your borders - from a mystical thriller about life in the Chornobyl Zone, to a powerful documentary that follows a young footballer who fights for her dreams against all the odds.

From 17 November - 1 December, four gripping contemporary Ukrainian films (with English subtitles) will be available to watch for free for UK audiences. You can watch the films at any time via our festival web platform. We’ll also be holding online Q&As with the films’ directors, with live audience participation. So bring your questions on culture, film and Ukraine!

The generous financial support of Cambridge Ukrainian Studies allows you to watch the films free of charge, but the Ukrainian Institute London would be very grateful for voluntary donations, which will help us develop our programmes in the future. Donate here.

Please note that we are only licensed to screen the films to audiences in UK. We regret that our followers who are based outside of the UK will be unable to watch the films via our festival platform. However we hope that you will join our Q&As with directors which will be open to all.


Q&As with Directors:

The Forgotten. Q&A with director Daria Onyshchenko. 19 November, 18:30 GMT

The Gateway. Q&A with director Volodymyr Tykhyy. 26 November, 18:00 GMT

Home Games. Q&A with director Alisa Kovalenko. 30 November, 18:30 GMT

Train: Kyiv-War. Q&A with director Korniy Hrytsiuk 1 December 18:00 GMT


About the films:

The Forgotten

In occupied Donbas, 30-year-old teacher Nina witnesses student Andrii get arrested for raising the Ukrainian flag, prompting her to risk her life to free him. As they gravitate towards each other, they try to remind others and themselves that they deserve a future, too. Age rating: 18+.

Director: Daria Onyshchenko
Genre: Drama Year: 2019 Duration: 105 min
Language: Ukrainian & Russian with English subtitles




The Gateway

Inside the Chornobyl exclusion zone, Baba Prisia, the family matriarch, consorts with water nymphs, eats a diet filled with hallucinogenic mushrooms and claims to have personally stabbed 12 SS soldiers to death during World War II. She lives together with her chronically ill daughter Slava and grandson Vovchyk. Unexpectedly, their measured life comes to an end – Baba Prisia receives a mystical warning about an impending catastrophe. Age rating 15+.

Director: Volodymyr Tykhyy
Genre: Mystical thriller Year: 2017  Duration: 107 min
Language: Ukrainian with English subtitles



Home Games

Alina has almost made it from rags to riches – from growing up on the streets to becoming a 20-year-old football star. But a series of personal tragedies force her to cut short her dreams and take on the role of carer to her two younger siblings. The documentary offers a hard look at the reality of battling poverty, at the strengths of women and at the prospect of new beginnings.

Director: Alisa Kovalenko
Genre: Documentary Year: 2018 Duration: 86 min
Language: Ukrainian & Russian with English subtitles


Train: Kyiv-War

Dramatic real footage follows the stories of passengers on the Kyiv-Kostiantynivka
line – a twelve-hour journey from Ukraine’s peaceful capital to a small city in the east, right on the frontline of the war with Russia. People from various backgrounds with different political views all travel side by side. They talk, debate, even quarrel. But they all move in the same direction, and at least agree on one thing: the wish for peace.

Director: Korniy Hrytsiuk
Genre: Documentary Year: 2020 Duration: 72 min
Language: Ukrainian & Russian with English subtitles