Directed by Marysia Nikitiuk, drama, fantasy, 88 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Marysia Nikitiuk
With Anastasia Pustovit, Sofia Khalaimova, Maksym Samchik, Maria Svizhinska, Alla Samoilenko
In a godforsaken post-Soviet village, Larysa falls in love with Scar, an attractive young criminal. After he leaves for the city, she will be forced to follow the traditional life she has always refused. However, Vitka (adorable Sofia Khalaimova), her 5-year old rebellious cousin, holds a secret that could change everyone’s destiny. Marysia Nikitiuk’s debut as a feature filmmaker had its world premiere as part of the Panorama section of this year’s Berlinale. Filmed in the style of magical realism – with Polish cinematographers Michał Englert and Mateusz Wichłacz creating visually compelling fairy-tale sequences of Vitka’s magical inner world - this existential coming of age drama tells the story of a young spirited girl forced to conform to local traditions and expectations, seen through the bright and hopeful eyes of a child in a world where horses are magical creatures and where the problems of grown-ups don’t seem insurmountable. A film about the importance of choosing one’s one path and the necessity of “free will” to do so.
Berlin IFF 2018 (Panorama)