Supported project

ASHES SETTLING IN LAYERS ON THE SURFACE

May 15, 2023

To the victory
  • Director: Zoya Laktionova
  • Scriptwriter: Zoya Laktionova
  • Countries: Ukraine / France / Slovenia
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country of shooting: Ukraine
  • Language: Ukrainian
  • Duration: 70 min

SYNOPSIS

Based on diaries and photographs found in the houses destroyed during the Russian war against Ukraine, the film captures the stories of Mariupol, including that of the director’s family. It centers on the value of freedom and human life itself over the nonsensical statements repeated by totalitarian regimes, as witnessed throughout the history of the Azovstal plant.

CONTACT

Ukrainian producer
2Brave Production (29 %)

Natalia Libet

Producer from a contributing country
Cinephage ! (France – 55 %)

Victor Ede

victor.ede@cinephage.fr

Other producer:
Petra Pan Film (Slovenia – 16%)

AMOUNT OF THE SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT: 25 000 €

European Solidarity Fund for Ukrainian Films – Date of the decision : May 15th 2023

    THE DIRECTOR

    Valentyn Vasyanovych

    Zoya Laktionova was born in Mariupol, in a working-class family in 1984. Zoya first appeared in the world of documentary cinema as a character in the film Ma in 2017, and a year later made her first short documentary Diorama about sea mining in the Mariupol area. The film won an award in the MyStreetFilms category at the 86 Festival (Ukraine) in 2018, has been shown at numerous European film festivals and was released in cinemas in Ukraine in 2019. In 2021, Zoya premiered her short Territory of Empty Windows at DocudaysUA International Human Rights DFF. It was shown in cinemas at Molodist IFF in Kyiv and received the main award in the documentary competition of the French-Ukrainian festival MIST 2021. Before the outbreak of full-scale war launched by Russia against Ukraine, Zoya lived in Kyiv and worked as an independent artist and documentary filmmaker. Her work focuses on the themes of war, memory and personal stories.

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