Archive of films Stop-Zemlia / Stop-Zemlia

Ukraine
2021, 122 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

Sixteen-year-old introvert Masha only feels truly confident in the company of school friends Yana and Senia; outside the classroom she contemplates life and reflects upon herself, and daydreams about a guy in her class who she's in love with… Kateryna Gornostai draws the viewer into the microworld of pupils in their pre-graduation year and provides an authentic insight into one of the emotionally most intense periods of our lives. Stop-Zemlia won Best Feature Film in the Generation category at this year’s Berlinale.


Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old introvert Masha only feels truly confident in the company of school friends Yana and Senia; outside the classroom she contemplates life and herself, and daydreams about a guy in her class who she's in love with... With infinite mastery director Kateryna Gornostai draws the viewer into the microworld of the pre-graduation year, laying bare the dreams and apprehensions of young high-school students. This lyrically fragile film provides an insight into one of the emotionally most intense periods of our lives – a period of self-discovery often accompanied by a painful sense of misgiving and also by the gradual awareness of one’s own identity. Working closely with her young cast, the director achieved a high degree of authenticity, securing her Best Feature in the Generation category at this year’s Berlinale.

Lenka Tyrpáková

About the director

Kateryna Gornostai (1989, Lutsk, Ukraine). Filmography: Between Us (Mizh namy, 2013, short doc.), Euromaidan. Rough Cut (Evromaidan. Chornovy Montazh, 2014, doc.), Away (Viddalik, 2015, short), Maidan Is Everywhere (Skriz Maidan, 2015, medium-length doc.), Lilac (Buzok, 2017, short), Crocodile (Krokodyl, 2018, short), Stop-Zemlia (2021).

Contacts

Pluto Film
Schliemann Strasse 5, 10437, Berlin
Germany
Tel: +49 030 219 182 20
E-mail: [email protected]
www: www.plutofilm.de

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Kateryna Gornostai
Screenplay: Kateryna Gornostai
Dir. of Photography: Oleksandr Roshchyn
Music: Maryana Klochko
Editor: Nikon Romanchenko, Kateryna Gornostai
Art Director: Maxym Nimenko
Producer: Vitalii Sheremetiev, Viktoriia Khomenko, Natalia Libet, Olga Beskhmelnytsina
Production: ESSE Production House
Cast: Maria Fedorchenko, Arsenii Markov, Yana Isaienko, Oleksandr Ivanov
Sales: Pluto Film
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