Pearl of the Absurd (Перлина Абсурду)

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English, Russian, Ukrainian

Oleksandra’s attempts to save old Odesa from gentrification lead to a personal quest – a search for traces of her great-grandfather, executed by the Soviets in 1938.

Oleksandra loves her native city of Odesa as much as she hates it. She goes on a quest to find out how the Soviet crimes of the 1930s lead to the current destruction of the city. KGB archives that were never meant to be seen point to a field. There, under the ground, in a mass grave, Oleksandra’s great-grandfather might lie. Meanwhile, the old buildings – the only witnesses to those events – are fading away.

DOP: Illia Yehorov
Sound: Karina Rezhevska
Music: Antoni Kulka-Sobkowicz
Total budget: €53422
Confirmed Financing: €53422
Already engaged financial partners and funds: Ukrainian State Film Agency, Ukraine
Point of contact:
Young Filmmakers for Peace at the goEast Film Festival, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2017; Young Europe, Ukraine-Poland, 2017; the Laboratory of Visual Culture (SUPSI) and Visions du Réel International Film Festival / Industry idw - interactive documentary workshop, Switzerland, 2018; ESoDoc, Bari, Italy, 2018; East Doc Interactive 2019, Prague, Czech Republic; Ukrainian Doc Preview at DocuDays UA 2020, Ukraine; Cannes Docs, Cannes Film Festival, 2020 (individual representative with Docudays UA support).

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