Fragile Memory (Крихка Пам'ять)

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Work in Progress
Year of starting production
Release Date
Country(ies) of (co)production
Ukraine, Slovakia
Ukrainian, Russian, Polish
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When the young filmmaker Ihor finds a hidden and unpublished photo archive of his grandfather Leonid Burlaka, a famous Soviet cinematographer, he realizes that it’s a chance to get closer to the memories of his grandpa, who is rapidly succumbing to dementia. The damaged pictures reveal the struggle between remembering and forgetting.

The famous Soviet cinematographer Leonid Burlaka, who worked at the Odesa Film Studio, suddenly gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. At the same time, Ihor, his grandson and an emerging Ukrainian cinematographer, accidentally finds his grandfather’s heavily damaged photo archive from the Soviet 1960s. The young Ukrainian cinematographer Ihor meets the young Soviet cinematographer Leonid, who starts establishing his career during the “Khrushchev Thaw.” This makes Ihor realize that he actually knows close to nothing about his grandpa and his youth, so Ihor dives into all the controversy of the Soviet cinema machine. Yet time is running out: soon, Leonid will not remember Igor at all.

Directing: Ihor Ivanko
Сo-production: Peter Kerekes, Peter Kerekes
Script: Ihor Ivanko, Mariia Ponomarova
DOP: Ihor Ivanko, Iliia Yehorov
Sound: Andrii Rohachov
Music: Marek Piachek
Co-production: Peter Kerekes Film
Total budget: €224936
Confirmed Financing: €138000
Already engaged financial partners and funds: Ukrainian Cultural Foundation (Ukraine), Slovak Audiovisual Fund (Slovakia)
Point of contact:
Ex Oriente Film 2018 / East Doc Platform 2019, Baltic Sea Docs, Film Industry Pitch @ OIFF, EAVE on Demand, DocLab Poland, Docs Barcelona and participation in Ukraininan delegation to ІDFA 2019.

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