Fortress Mariupol is a cycle of short films based on video calls to the soldiers who were surrounded by the Russian army in Mariupol at the Azovstal plant. From the beginning of the siege of Azovstal the director had conversations with soldiers of the Azov Regiment, revealing their portraits.
This film is dedicated to Dmytro Kozatsky with the call sign “Orest”. Orest is a former liaison officer and head of the Azov Regiment’s press service in Mariupol. Orest has been covering the world situation in Mariupol and at Azovstal since the beginning of the Russian invasion. There he was captured by the Russians. When the film had already been released, after four months in captivity, Dmytro was returned home during a prisoner exchange.
Director: Yuliia Hontaruk
is a Ukrainian director of documentaries and feature films. Co-founder of Babylon'13 — an association of independent filmmakers formed at the beginning of the Revolution of Dignity. She studied film direction at the Kyiv National University of Theater, Cinema and Television named after I. K. Karpenko-Kary, at the workshop of Mykhailo Pavlov. Since 2013, Yuliia has been a member of the National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine. In 2015, she was nominated for the Shevchenko Award in the field of cinematography. Since 2016, she has been a member of the Ukrainian Film Academy.
Selected FilmographyHeavenly Hundred
(2014), Stronger than Arms
(2014), Ten seconds
(2016), Iron Hundred
(2019), Fortress Mariupol
short films cycle (2022)