Director and scriptwriter
born in Zaporozhje/Ukraine, lives in the Ukraine and Germany; studied law at the Philipps Universität in Marburg, graduated as a director at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (2007) with the documentary film Puti Gospodni (God’s Ways), which was awarded the German talent prize «First Steps» in 2007. Till today she has made three feature films, three documentaries and four shorts. All of them participated and were awarded at numerous international film festivals. She made her feature debut with the film At the River based on the script written in cooperation with Friedrich Gorenstein, novelist and screenwriter, author of a.o. ‘Solaris’by A. Tarkovsky. At the River had its international premiere at IFFR Rotterdam 2007, was shown in the main competition of Moscow and London festivals among others. Her second feature film, House with the Turret (2012) received numerous awards, a.o. Karlovy Vary East of the West Award, Tallinn Back Nights Grand Prix, Istanbul Audience Award. The film was screened at festivals in Shanghai, London, and many others. Her film Song of Songs (2015) premiered at the Karlovy Vary’s official competition, was nominated for the The Eurimage Audentia Award 2016 and European Film Academy Award in 2016. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the Toronto Film Festival, and won among others the Best Film Award and Best Ukrainian Film Award at the Odessa Festival and the FIPRESCI award in Freibourg, Switzerland.
2015 Song of Songs, feature film 80’ (“Песнь песней”) 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015 (Official Competition) 6th OIFF Odessa Best Film Award Best Ukrainian Film Award Festival International de Films de Fribourg - Fipresci award Chicago International Film Festival World Cinema section (non-competitive) Montreal Festival du nouveau cinema / International Competition 40th Toronto International Film Festival / Contemporary World Cinema section European Film Academy Selection Thessaloniki International Film Festival Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival GoEast Film Festival 2016 Fajr International Film Festival International Istanbul Film Festival (Nominated for Eurimage Audientia Award 2016 for Best Female Director) Nashville Film Festival (International Competition) SkopjeFilmFestival (International Competition) CROSSING EUROPE Filmfestival Linz (European Panorama) New York Jewish Film Festival.
2012 House with the Turret, feature film (80’) (“Дом с башенкой”) Shanghai International Film Festival 2012 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012 East of the West Award 56th BFI London Film Festival Tallinn Back Nights Film Festival 2013 Grand Prix Istanbul Film Festival Audience Award Cannes Ecrans Juniors Theatrical release, France, 2013 - A3 Distribution
2007 At the River („U Reki“), feature film (90’) (“У реки”) 36. IFF Rotterdam 2007 29. IFF Moscow 2007 (main competition) 37. Lubuskie Film Summer 2007, Lagow, Poland Silver Grape Award 51. BFI Film Festival London (main competition) International Film Festival "Molodist", Kyiv, Ukraine (main competition) International Sevastopol Film Festival, Sevastopol, Ukraine Best Actress Award to Marina Polizeymako International Art-House Film Festival, Batumi, Georgia Best Director Kinoshock. Film Festival, Anapa, Russia Best Actress Award Calabria Film Festival, Cosenza, Italy International Film Festival Wiesbaden GoEast 2008 Award of the Federal Foreign Office Independent Film Festival Rome, 2008 (main competition) P.cs Moveast - International Film Festival P.cs, Hungary Golden Benjamin Award FIPRESCI Awards FICC jury’s Don Quijote Award Cinefest International Film Festival Best Film Mill Valley Film Festival 2008, USA
2007 God’s Ways / Puti Gospodni documentary, 60’ Germany (“Пути Господни”) FIRST STEPS AWARD
2005 Das Meer sehen documentary, 20’ Germany (“Увидеть море”)
2004 Just Like Old Times / Wse po-staromu documentary, 45’ Germany (“Всё по- старому”)
2001 Samri Otomri short fiction, 20’ Germany (“Замри - отомри”)