Supported project

THE DAYS I WOULD LIKE TO FORGET

Dec 11, 2023

To the victory
  • Director: Alina Gorlova, Yelizaveta Smith, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Simon Mozgovyi.
  • Scriptwriter: Alina Gorlova, Yelizaveta Smith, Maksym
    Nakonechnyi, Simon Mozgovyi
  • Countries: Ukraine / France
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country of shooting: Ukraine, Serbia, Germany, Ethiopia, USA
  • Language: Ukrainian
  • Duration: 3×70 min

SYNOPSIS

The triptych of the film, divided into three 70-minute parts, each explores different phenomena of the war but is certainly connected to each other by sense, artistic, and visual approaches. The first part, “Human & War,” investigates the powerful impact of war on personal behavior. The great chaos of war disrupted daily life, but it gradually became a part of people’s lives. The war changes their profession, habits, destiny, and future. Change of perception of death is a focus of the second part of the triptych called “Death & Life”. Through the personal stories of several people, we go through the collective experience and acceptance of Ukrainians’ common grief. Going through a traumatic experience together with the heroes of the film, we observe the emergence of a lust for life in its various manifestations. From the individual memory of the second part we move to the collective memory in the third one, “Space & Time”. There we investigate the link between the war in Ukraine and the rest of the world. The events of such scale affect not only distant countries but also the past, illuminating hidden and unsaid questions in the history of humanity.

CONTACT

Ukrainian producer
Tabor Ltd (37%)

Eugene Rachkovsky
e.rachkovsky@gmail.com

Producer from a contributing country
Les Valseurs (France – 35%)

Nabil Bellahsene
nabil@lesvalseurs.com

FORECAST PRODUCTION BUDGET: 650 250 €

European Solidarity Fund for Ukrainian Films – Information on the grant

  • Date of the decision : December 11th 2023
  •  Type of support : Development
  • Amount of the support : 15 000 €

AMOUNT OF THE SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT: 15 000 €

European Solidarity Fund for Ukrainian Films – Date of the decision : December 11th 2023

    THE DIRECTORS

    Valentyn Vasyanovych
    Alina Gorlova is a director of the film. Born and raised in Ukraine, she graduated from Karpenko- Kary Kyiv National University of Theatre, Film & Television. Eight years ago, she co-founded a production company, Tabor. Her documentary, No obvious signs, which she directed, won the MDR film award for best Eastern European film at DokLeipzig. Alina was a 2019 Berlinale Talents and Eurodoc 2020 participant. Her latest documentary, This Rain will never stop, won the award for Best First Appearance at IDFA, the Best Feature award at Festival dei Popoli, Beldocs, Go East, One World (Jeden svět), Ice Docs FF, Las Palmas FF.
    Valentyn Vasyanovych

    Yelizaveta Smith is a director of the film. She graduated from the Kyiv National University of Theatre and Cinema as a film director. After the Ukrainian revolution, she started volunteer work with children in the city of Mykolaivka in the Donetsk area, which the war partly destroyed. Her experience there led to the documentary School Number 3, co-directed by George Genoux. The film premiered at Berlinale 2017, winning the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury, and received a Special Award at HumanDOC Festival in Warsaw. Her debut short film Solitude was selected to Odesa IFF and Raindance in 2019 and was nominated for Best Short Film at the Ukrainian Film Academy Awards 2020. In 2020 was author of idea and co-author of documentary multimedia project Time Suburbs. Yelizaveta was a participant at Berlinale Talents, TorinoFilmLabExtended, The Write Retreat, MidPoint Feature Launch and others. She is a member of the Ukrainian Film Academy and European Film Academy.

    Valentyn Vasyanovych
    Maksym Nakonechnyi is a director and producer of the film. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in directing from Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. Maksym has completed several fiction shorts as a director – Invisible (2017), New Year with Family (2018), and regularly produces documentary films – This Rain Will Never Stop (2020) Fragments of Ice (In progress) Nice Ladies (In progress). His films have screened widely on the international festival circuit, and received both broadcast and theatrical releases. Maksym’s directorial feature fiction debut Butterfly vision is included into “Un certain regard” competition in Cannes 2022.
    Valentyn Vasyanovych
    Simon Mozgovyi is a director and film editor of the film. He studied Cinema and Television Arts at the Kharkiv State Academy of Culture (B.A.). After graduating in 2013, he went on to study an advanced-level course in dramaturgy in Kyiv, where he began acting at the DAKH Theatre (2013-2018). Now, he works as a freelance filmmaker. Simon’s documentary film The Winter Garden’s Tale (2018) premiered at Ji.hlava IDFF, and then participated in DOK Leipzig, Full Frame, Docudays UA, and others. His filmography includes the documentaries Salt from Bonneville (2021), and Orpheus Is Standing On The Bank Of The Styx (short, 2022). Now he works on his directorial feature fiction debut Chrysanthemum Day (2023, in progress).

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