15.11.2018

The Ukrainian Film Days are organised by the Kyiv International Film Festival Molodist with the support of Ukraine's Ministry of Information Policy. It will be held in the Vue Cinema – Shepherd’s Bush (West 12 Shopping Centre, London) on November 17-18, 2018. The event is now an annual showcase of some of the best and most notable fresh Ukrainian films - both national blockbusters and foreign festival favourites.

Schedule of the event:

  • The Stronghold - Saturday, 17.11., 11:00
  • When the Trees Fall - Saturday, 17.11., 14:15
  • War for Peace - Sunday, 18.11., 11:00
  • Falling - Sunday, 18.11., 14:15

The Stronghold (directed by Yuriy Kovalyov) is a YA fantasy rooted in Ukrainian legends. Vitko, a present-day teenage boy, goes 1,000 years back into the past where he must face black magic and an army led by a giant stone monster.

When the Trees Fall (written and directed by Marysia Nikitiuk) is one of Ukraine's most promising debuts this year. It's a story of a five year old rebellious girl Vitka with her teenage cousin Larysa and her boyfriend, the young criminal Scar, which unfolds in a Ukrainian provincial setting. Larysa finds herself at a crossroads after the death of her father. Yearning to be self-made, the village community ostracizes her for loving Scar. Larysa's mother is too psychologically weak to support her daughter. Larysa and Scar plan to escape from a life of crime, misery and their relatives. But are they ready to pay the full price for freedom?

War for Peace (directed by Yevhen Titarenko) is a documentary made by one volunteer of a medical battalion during the Russian aggression against Ukraine since 2014. “Regisseur” – his nom de guerre – is a paramedic who was a filmmaker before the war and has gathered footage everywhere his medical volunteer mates have deployed. The death of a journalist, the bombardment of heavy artillery, the evacuation of the wounded from a battle, the usual conversations in the basement during bombings, civilians remaining in the war zone, the first call of the released from captivity - all this will sweep in front of the viewer.

Falling (2017, directed by Marina Stepanska) is a story about the post-revolutionary generation of young Ukrainian people looking for their place in a modern Ukraine. It follows two bewildered people who meet at a crucial moment of their existence and experience few days of happiness together.

Admission is free upon registration. To register for your preferred screening, follow the links:

The Stronghold                 When the Trees Fall               War for Peace                        Falling