Stop-Zemlia

“They say when you get goosebumps, your soul touches your body.”

It‘s Masha, Yana and Senia‘s last but one year of high school. Among the thriving pot plants in the classroom and to the sound effects of a Biology lesson about physical signs of stress, the young protagonists grapple with themselves and with one another. 16-year-old Masha is the quiet center of Kateryna Gornostai’s feature debut. Steering clear of both simplified narratives and overly simplistic psychology, the film depicts her as introverted, sensitive and in love with Sasha, another classmate whose aloofness and passivity she finds a perpetual challenge. When Masha is dancing alone in her room at night, high above the rooftops of a city somewhere in the Ukraine, nothing about it feels staged. Rather, it is an invocation of the moment, of genuine emotion – and of pain.
by Kateryna Gornostai
with Maria Fedorchenko, Arsenii Markov, Yana Isaienko, Oleksandr Ivanov
Ukraine 2021 Ukrainian,  Subtitles: English 122’ Colour recommendation: 14 years and up

With

  • Maria Fedorchenko (Masha Chernyh)
  • Arsenii Markov (Senia Steshenko)
  • Yana Isaienko (Yana Bratiychuk)
  • Oleksandr Ivanov (Sasha Hanskyi)

Crew

Written and Directed byKateryna Gornostai
CinematographyOleksandr Roshchyn
EditingNikon Romanchenko, Kateryna Gornostai
MusicMaryana Klochko
Sound DesignMykhailo Zakutskyi
SoundOleg Goloveshkin
Production DesignMaxym Nimenko
CostumesAlyona Gres
Make-UpMariia Pylunska
CastingKateryna Gornostai
Production ManagerAndrii Naumchuk
ProducersVitalii Sheremetiev, Vika Khomenko, Natalia Libet, Olga Beskhmelnytsina
Executive ProducersGennady Kofman, Oleksii Zgonik

Produced by

Esse Production House

Kyiv, Ukraine

+380 444996651

essehouse.com/ essehouse.com/

World sales

Pluto Film

Berlin, Germany

+49 30 21918220

www.plutofilm.de/ www.plutofilm.de/

Kateryna Gornostai

The director, writer and editor was born in Lutsk, Ukraine in 1989. She studied at the Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov School of Documentary Film and Theatre in Moscow and began making documentaries in 2012. She later moved into fiction and hybrid forms. Alongside her work as a filmmaker, she also teaches documentary filmmaking in a number of educational projects.

Filmography

2013 Mizh namy (Between Us); short documentary 2014 Euromaidan. Chornovy montazh (Euromaidan. Rough Cut); documentary 2015 Viddalik (Away); short film · Skriz maidan (Maidan Is Everywhere); documentary 2016 Zgushhonka (Condensed); short film 2017 Buzok (Lilac); short film 2018 Crocodyl (Crocodile); short film 2021 Stop-Zemlia

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021

Dates

Wed Jun 09 21:30

Freiluftkino Rehberge

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Thu Jun 10 21:45

Freiluftkino Pompeji

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