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The Gateway, "Brama"

World Premiere

Synopsis

Director

I don’t think you’ve seen this kind of movie about the Chernobyl disaster and its legacy yet. Is it a black comedy fantasy? Or an apocalyptic tragedy with some motifs of a horror-movie? Who knows. But it is crazy.

Grandma Prisja, her daughter Slava and grandson Vovtshyk live their everyday life in a godforsaken forbidden zone of Chernobyl where there are only wild beasts, rusalkas and stalkers. This is a place where the mythical and realistic worlds blend. A world where people know what really happened in 1986 and why the situation in Ukraine is the way it is. At least Prisja – she is over 80 – knows. She is the archetype of a self-willed Ukranian woman who has survived all the horrors in the history of her country.

30 years after the disaster Chernobyl is still a tempting subject for the genre of social porn. Volodõmõr Tõhhõi’s film avoids all these cliches. On the contrary – this is a serious allegory of the State of Ukraine that has not been able to leave behind the moral decay and confusion caused by the fall of the Soviet empire that followed the Chernobyl disaster.

The film is based on Pavlo Arje’s popular play, suggesting that the zone may not be the place where Prisja, Slava ja Vovtshyk live, but the rest of the Ukraine. That those who live in the zone may be more real than those who avoid them like they were lepers. What would Tarkovsky sai about all this?

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Volodymyr Tykhyy

(b. 1971) graduated from Kyiv State Institute of Theatrical Art. During the 1990s he completed several shorts, the most popular being "Mermaid" that participated in more than 80 festivals. His feature film debut, "Car Washer" (2010) was screened in Karlovy Vary IFF. Author, director and co-producer of the "Ukraine, Goodbye!", almanacs of short films, participated in the Berlinale, Silver leopard of Locarno IFF 2012, Clermont Ferrand 2013 and was a nominee for European academy award. Recently he has been directing the documentary web-series "Babylon’13" dedicated to social and cultural revolution in Ukraine in 2013-2015. "Brama" is his fourth full-length feature film.

 

 

 

Filmography

  • Myinyky avtomobilov (Car Washers, 2010)
  • Zelena kofta (The Green Jacket, 2013)
  • Brantchi (Captives, 2015, doc)
  • Brama (Gateway, 2017)

Schedule

28.11.2017
21:00 - 23:17
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 121502
Guests (4)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Volodymyr Tykhyy, Producer Igor Savychenko, Cast Irma Vitovska, Writer Pavlo Arie
30.11.2017
21:00 - 23:07
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 140503
Guests (4)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Volodymyr Tykhyy, Producer Igor Savychenko, Cast Irma Vitovska, Writer Pavlo Arie
01.12.2017
19:15 - 21:02
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 151902
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Official Selection

Film info

Countries: Ukraine, United States
Year: 2017
Duration: 107 minutes
Language: Ukrainian
Director: Volodymyr Tykhyy
Producers: Igor Savychenko, Marko Suprun, Volodymyr Tykhyy, Volodymyr Filippov, Oleksii Moskalenko
Writers: Volodymyr Tykhyy, Pavlo Arie
DOP: Slava Tsvetkov
Montage: Ihor Kosenko
Composer: Anton Baibakov
Cast: Irma Vitovska, Vitalina Bibliv, Yaroslav Fedorchuk, Dmytro Yaroshenko,  Dmitrij Tubolzev
Production: Directory Films

Synopsis

Director

I don’t think you’ve seen this kind of movie about the Chernobyl disaster and its legacy yet. Is it a black comedy fantasy? Or an apocalyptic tragedy with some motifs of a horror-movie? Who knows. But it is crazy.

Grandma Prisja, her daughter Slava and grandson Vovtshyk live their everyday life in a godforsaken forbidden zone of Chernobyl where there are only wild beasts, rusalkas and stalkers. This is a place where the mythical and realistic worlds blend. A world where people know what really happened in 1986 and why the situation in Ukraine is the way it is. At least Prisja – she is over 80 – knows. She is the archetype of a self-willed Ukranian woman who has survived all the horrors in the history of her country.

30 years after the disaster Chernobyl is still a tempting subject for the genre of social porn. Volodõmõr Tõhhõi’s film avoids all these cliches. On the contrary – this is a serious allegory of the State of Ukraine that has not been able to leave behind the moral decay and confusion caused by the fall of the Soviet empire that followed the Chernobyl disaster.

The film is based on Pavlo Arje’s popular play, suggesting that the zone may not be the place where Prisja, Slava ja Vovtshyk live, but the rest of the Ukraine. That those who live in the zone may be more real than those who avoid them like they were lepers. What would Tarkovsky sai about all this?

Tiit Tuumalu

Volodymyr Tykhyy

(b. 1971) graduated from Kyiv State Institute of Theatrical Art. During the 1990s he completed several shorts, the most popular being "Mermaid" that participated in more than 80 festivals. His feature film debut, "Car Washer" (2010) was screened in Karlovy Vary IFF. Author, director and co-producer of the "Ukraine, Goodbye!", almanacs of short films, participated in the Berlinale, Silver leopard of Locarno IFF 2012, Clermont Ferrand 2013 and was a nominee for European academy award. Recently he has been directing the documentary web-series "Babylon’13" dedicated to social and cultural revolution in Ukraine in 2013-2015. "Brama" is his fourth full-length feature film.

 

 

 

Filmography

  • Myinyky avtomobilov (Car Washers, 2010)
  • Zelena kofta (The Green Jacket, 2013)
  • Brantchi (Captives, 2015, doc)
  • Brama (Gateway, 2017)