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12 new Ukrainian documentaries funded by ARTE for more than €1.5 million will be presented in Kyiv

12 Mar, 2024
12 new Ukrainian documentaries funded by ARTE for more than €1.5 million will be presented in Kyiv

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Generation Ukraine is a French-German media platform ARTE’s initiative in cooperation with European partners and the Ukrainian Institute to support the Ukrainian documentary filmmaking industry.

The project will result in 12 documentaries made by Ukrainian filmmakers after the full-scale invasion and co-produced by ARTE. These films explore the Ukrainian reality from the inside, telling about the consequences of the Russian war against Ukraine.

On 16 March, the Ukrainian Institute will hold a presentation of the Generation Ukraine project with a trailer screening of 12 documentaries at Zhovten Cinema. Volodymyr Sheiko, Director General of the Ukrainian Institute, Fabrice Puchault, Head of Society and Culture at ARTE, Olivier Jacquot, Director of Institut Français of Ukraine,and films’ authors from the Generation Ukraine collection will attend the event.

Nataliia Movshovych, Head of the Film Department at the Ukrainian Institute, will moderate the event.

It is the first time Ukrainian documentaries have received such powerful attention, support and funding. The total budget of the project is over a million and half euros. The films will be premiered gradually over the course of 2024-2025. Later, after the festival premieres, the films from Generation Ukraine will be shown on ARTE and added to the platform’s content library. 

Two films that are part of Generation Ukraine have already had their world premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival 2024.

These are the films A Bit of a Stranger, directed by Svitlana Lishchynska, and Intercepted, directed by Oksana Karpovych. The documentary Intercepted received a special mention for the Ecumenical Award, which is awarded for the film’s religious, social and humanistic themes. It also received a special mention for the Amnesty Award. 

Throughout 2022, ARTE representatives attended presentations of Ukrainian documentary film projects at international festivals and selected participants. The Ukrainian Institute contributed expertly, offering a long list of projects at different stages of production. As a result, the teams of 12 documentaries were invited to participate in the Generation Ukraine project.

Read more about the new documentaries here.

Generation Ukraine is a project of the French-German media platform ARTE in cooperation with ARTE France, ARTE G.E.I.E., ARTE Germany, Ministère de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères, Goethe Institut, Council of Europe, BR, MDR, RBB, SWR, 2DF, Documentary Association of Europe, Doc Society and the Ukrainian Institute.

12 films of Generation Ukraine

  • Displaced, director Olha Zhurba, production Darya Bassel (Moon Man / UKR), Anne Köhncke (Final cut for real / DK), ARTE France 
  • The Basement, director Roman Blazhan, production Roman Blazhan (Minimal Movies / UKR), Christilla Huillard-Kahn (Elda / FR), ARTE France 
  • Intercepted, director Oksana Karpovych, production Giacomo Nudi (Films Cosmos / Canada), Darya Bassel (Moon Man / UKR), Pauline Tran Van Lieu (Hutong Prod. / FR), ARTE France 
  • Cuba & Alaska, director Yegor Troyanovsky, production Olha Beskhmelnytsina (2Brave / UKR), Christian Popp (Tag Films / FR), ARTE France 
  • Queens of Joy, director Olga Gibelinda, production Ivanna Khitsinska (Quatros Group & Malanka Studios / UKR), Louis Beaudemont (Les Steppes Productions / FR), ARTE GEIE 
  • The Days I would Like to Forget, directors Alina Gorlova, Yelizaveta Smith, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Simon Mozgovyi, production Eugene Rachkovsky, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Karina Kostyna (Tabor Films / UKR), Ralph Wieser (Mischief Films / GER), SWR / ARTE 
  • Another Man’s Diary, directors Oleksandr Tkachenko, production Dmytro Dokunov, Illia Gladshtein (Phalanstery films / UKR), BR / ARTE 
  • The Blessed Ones, director Andrii Lysetskyi, production Olga Beskhmelnytsina, Gennady Kofman, Uldis Cekulis (MAGIKA / UKR), Erik Winker (Corso-Film / GER), MDR / ARTE 
  • Nukemailing, directors Pavel Cherepin, Anton Bazelinsky, production Heroes Creative Studio, Kyiv, DOCDAYS Productions GmbH, Berlin, RBB / ARTE 
  • A Bit of a Stranger, director Svetlana Lischynska (Albatros / UKR), production Anna Kapustina; Alex Tondowski (Tondowski Film / GER), ZDF / ARTE 
  • Women Occupied, directors Tetiana Hanza, Zoia Volk, production Zoia Volk, Valentina Boye (Zova films / GER), Regina Maryanovska-Devidzon (Real Pictures, UKR), SWR / ARTE 
  • Silent Flood, director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, production Karina Kostyna, Eugene Rachkovsky (Tabor / UKR), Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer (Elemag Pictures / GER), MDR / ARTE

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