Archive of films Iron Butterflies / Iron Butterflies

Ukraine / Germany
2023, 84 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2023


In July 2014, a passenger jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. This documentary collage assembles a picture of the tragedy from a wide range of available materials – flight radar, transcripts of wiretappings, Russian television reports, amateur footage from the impact site, choreographed dances, and animated children’s drawings. Combining poetry with forensic analysis, the film is equal parts elegy and found-footage horror. Its title refers to the shrapnel of the BUK anti-aircraft system that pierced the plane’s hull and caused its crash.

Ondřej Kopřiva

About the director

Roman Liubyi

Roman Liubyi (Kyiv, Ukraine). Selected filmography: Euromajdan. Rough Cut (Evromaidan. Chornovy montazh, 2014, doc.), Stronger Than Arms (Sylnishe nizh zbroya, 2014, doc.), Pigs (Svyni, 2016, short), War Note (2020, doc.), Iron Butterflies (2023, doc.).


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About the film

Color, Black & White, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Roman Liubyi
Screenplay: Roman Liubyi, Mila Zhluktenko
Dir. of Photography: Andrii Kotliar
Music: Anton Baibakov, Oleksandra Morozova
Sound: Andrii Rohachov
Editor: Roman Liubyi, Mila Zhluktenko
Producer: Andrii Kotliar, Volodymyr Tykhyy
Production: Babylon 13
Coproduction: Trimafilm
Sales: Rise And Shine World Sales

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