- Valentyn Vasyanovych
- January 29 (Friday) through February 11 (Thursday)
“Sensitively observed and meticulously crafted … A remarkable piece of filmmaking from an exciting emerging Eastern European voice … Atlantis is stunning to watch.”Nikki Baughan, Screen Daily
Eastern Ukraine is a dystopian wasteland in visionary Ukrainian director Valentyn Vasyanovych’s bleak, brilliantly rendered telegraph from a not too distant — and not at all unbelievable — future. It is 2025, one year after the Russia-Ukraine conflict has ended. Sergiy (Andriy Rymaruk), a former soldier, treks through a postwar reality in which industry has collapsed, clean water must be rationed out, landmines and machine detritus pepper the desert terrain, and a zombie-like society suffers from collective PTSD. His chance encounter with Katya (Liudmyla Bileka), a volunteer with a humanitarian organization exhuming the corpses of missing dead, offers Sergiy a chance to heal and, perhaps, love. Writer-director Vasyanovych, best known for his cinematography on Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s sign-language shocker The Tribe (2014), brings his penchant for symmetrically composed, meticulously staged, uninterrupted single-take sequences to this arresting work of barely speculative fiction, which he also shot and edited. The film won top prize in Venice’s Horizons section, a platform for identifying new trends in cinematic language, and is Ukraine’s official submission to the 2021 Academy Awards.
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“[A] dark yet humanly luminous story.”Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
“Strikingly austere … A strong piece of poetically pure art-house cinema.”Dennis Harvey, Variety