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Fragments of Ice

Year
2024
Country
Ukraine, Norway
Duration
95’
Director
Maria Stoianova

Personal, political and social developments unfold in Fragments of Ice, which was edited together from fifteen VHS tapes covering the period 1986 to 1994: video diaries shot by the director’s father, a champion figure-skater, on his foreign tours with the Ukrainian

Ensemble Ballet on Ice, as well as in his own home. As we follow director Maria Stoianova growing up, we witness the parallel collapse of the Soviet Union and Ukraine’s journey towards regaining its independence, then its transition to a market economy. Expectations reflected in the glamourous footage of the West, shot by Stoianova’s father, contrast starkly with the home video footage of peeling walls, collapsed ceilings and cockroaches back at the family flat.

Fragments of Ice captures both the broad sweep of history and the impact of this on the lives of real people, ending with a new upheaval — the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

“The end of history never happened,” Stoianova muses. “It froze and caught up with us years later.”

CREW:
Director: Maria Stoianova
Producer: Alina Gorlova, Maksym Nakonechnyi Co-producers: Karianne Berge, Carsten Aanonsen
Cinematographer: Mykhailo Stoianov
Sound: Vasyl Yavtushenko
Production
Tabor Ltd. Alina Gorlova +380503220454 [email protected] taborproduction.com Co-production: Indie Film
Director
Maria Stoianova

Maria Stoianova is a Ukrainian documentary film director and editor. She was born and currently works in Kyiv. She graduated from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (with a degree in cultural studies) and the Central European University (with a degree in sociology and social anthropology). In 2018, she finished her studies at the Sergey Bukovsky Film Programme. When she creates her films, Maria works actively with vernacular videos and public and private archives. Her films have been shown at international film festivals such as Ji.hlava IDFF, DOK Leipzig, FIDMarseille and many others. Fragments of Ice (2024) is her feature-length debut.

Selected Filmography
Forest, Forest (2022), The Second Wave (2020), Above the Styx (2019), Ma (2017), Exarch (2014)
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Zhovten cinema
Kostiantynivska St, 26
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02 June 2024
20:00
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Zhovten cinema
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Monday
03 June 2024
10:00
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Kostiantynivska str., 11/13
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Monday
03 June 2024
19:30
Hall «KINOMAN»
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Wednesday
05 June 2024
20:10
Hall «GEGEMON»
Zhovten cinema
Kostiantynivska St, 26
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Sunday
09 June 2024
16:00
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