What drives the people who come to your country to wage war? Intercepted is an attempt to find an answer by showing two parallel worlds. The camera registers images of destruction in unhurried shots, in which we see Ukrainian villages, towns, houses and motorways after their liberation from the Russian occupation. We look closely – not into the abyss of destruction and death, but rather at landscapes being filled again with life. This gives hope and serves to balance out the media’s normalization of horror. They are frames set against the flood of images. Throughout the film, the soundtrack forms a shocking counterpoint. We listen to the recordings of telephone conversations intercepted in 2022 by the Ukrainian Secret Service between Russian soldiers in trenches in Ukraine and their families. It’s hard to decide which element is more devastating: the soldiers’ confessions of the rape, looting and brutal torture of Ukrainian civilians and prisoners of war or the (mainly) female voices from “back home” that bear witness to chauvinism and hatred, disinformation and schizophrenic propaganda. Sound and image stare each other in the face, stunned, brought together in a cinematic space.
by Oksana Karpovych Canada / France / Ukraine 2024 Russian, Ukrainian 95’ Colour World premiere | Documentary form


Director Oksana Karpovych
Screenplay Oksana Karpovych
Cinematography Christopher Nunn
Editing Charlotte Tourres
Music NFNR
Sound Design Alex Lane
Sound Artem Kosynskyi
Producers Giacomo Nudi, Rocío B. Fuentes
Co-Producers Pauline Tran Van Lieu, Lucie Rego, Darya Bassel, Olha Beskhmelnytsina
Co-Production Hutong Productions Sainte Radegonde
Moon Man Kyiv

Oksana Karpovych

Ukrainian-Canadian filmmaker, writer and photographer born in Kyiv. She is a cultural studies graduate of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and a film production graduate of Concordia University in Montreal. She worked as a local producer with international reporters covering Russia’s invasion in Ukraine in the spring of 2022.


2015 Lost; short documentary 2017 Temporary; short documentary 2019 Don’t Worry, the Doors Will Open; documentary 2024 Intercepted; documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024