by Philip Sotnychenko
Country: Ukraine
Year: 2023
Duration: 100'

Ukraine, 1996. Five months before the moratorium on capital punishment, two old friends, a police detective and a forensic psychiatrist, investigate a murder of their colleague. Long time ago, both of them were in love with the widow of the deceased. Immersed in the complicated case and long forgotten memories, they create a future where their children have to live, inheriting unrealized aspirations of their parents.


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Philip Sotnychenko

(Kyiv, Ukraine, 1989) studied film and TV directing at Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary Theatre, and graduated in 2016. He’s a co-founder of Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema, a collective of young independent filmmakers. He made his directorial debut with the short film Funeral Feast in 2010. He has also directed several other short films screened at numerous film festivals such as Odessa, Kiev, Fribourg and Clermont-Ferrand. In recent years, he has been studying VHS archives of Ukraine in the 1990s, from which he used footage for his feature debut, La Palisiada, which premiered at Rotterdam in 2023.


Tryzna (cm, 2010), Hug (cm, 2013), Syn (cm, 2015), Nail (cm, 2016), Technical Break (cm, 2017), Happy New Year (cm, 2019), Rizdyvani Istorii (cm, 2019), La Palisiada (2023).


film director

“The year 1996 is just a point in history, but it’s actually a very important one for Ukraine. For instance, a currency reform was carried out then, and the hryvnia was introduced in place of the coupon / karbovanets. In 1995-1996 Ukraine also vowed to abolish the death penalty, establishing later a moratorium on executions. Capital punishment was formally abolished in Ukraine in 2000, so death sentences were still handed down until then, but they were no longer enforced. The last execution took place in the second half of the 1990s. But these are dry facts, a rundown of historical events, which a documentary perhaps may preoccupy itself with. I didn’t want to make a documentary film or try to tell or depict how it was back then. In fact, the film makes no claim to reality. It is a stylisation of that period, of the spirit of the times and the daily lives of people.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY, EDITING: Philip Sotnychenko. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Volodymyr Usyk. PRODUCTION DESIGN: Margarita Kulyk. COSTUME DESIGN: Volodymyr Kuznetsov. SOUND: Serhiy Avdeev. CAST: Andrii Zhurba, Novruz Pashayev, Oleksandr Parkhomenko, Valeria Oleynikova, Olena Mamchur, Oleksandr Maleev, Stepan Barabash, Serhii Luzanovskyi, Oleksandr Mavrits. PRODUCERS: Halyna Kryvorchuk, Valeria Sochyvets, Sashko Chubko. PRODUCTION: VIATEL, Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema.

CONTACT: Valeri Sochyvets sochyvets@gmail.com