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‘Stop – Zemlia’
By Kateryna Gornostai, 122 min.
Ukrainian, English subtitles.
Navigating the emotional turmoil of waiting for life to begin while hanging around with classmates – a radical, authentic, and sensitive insight into the unsettling feeling of being young and an inside perspective on Ukrainian youth.
The introverted high-school girl Masha sees herself as an outsider unless she hangs around with Yana and Senia who share her non-conformist status. While she is trying to navigate through an intense time of the pre-graduation year, Masha falls in love in a way that forces her out of her comfort zone.
From a debutant Ukrainian director Kateryna Gornostai, a deeply personal story about self-discovery and the patience it requires.
Kateryna Gornostai is a director, writer and editor. She was born in Lutsk, Ukraine in 1989 and currently lives in Kiev. After her film studies at the School of Documentary Film and Theater of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov, she started her career as a documentary filmmaker in 2012. Later, she turned to fiction films and hybrid forms. Alongside her filmmaking practice, she teaches documentary cinema at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy School of Journalism. Her recent works include Buzok / Lilac (2017) which earned her a special mention from the jury and the FIPRESCI award for the best Ukrainian short film at the 2017 Odessa IFF. Stop-Zemlia (2021) had its world premiere at the Berlinale (Generation 14plus) and received the Crystal Bear for Best Film in Competition.
Director: Kateryna Gornostai / Genre: Teenage drama, Romance / Original title: STOP-ZEMLIA / English title: STOP-ZEMLIA / Country of production: Ukraine / Year of production: 2021 / Cast: Maria Fedorchenko, Arsenii Markov, Yana Isaienko, Oleksandr Ivanov / Scriptwriter: Kateryna Gornostai / Director of photography: Oleksandr Roshchyn / Production designer: Maxym Nimenko / Editor: Nikon Romanchenko, Kateryna Gornostai / Sound design: Mykhailo Zakutskyi, Oleg Goloveshkin / Music: Maryana Klochko / Producers: Vitalii Sheremetiev, Viktoriia Khomenko, Natalia Libet, Olga Beskhmelnytsina / Production company: ESSE Production House / Supported by: Ukrainian Film State Agency, Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Ukrainian Institute.
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