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dir. Zoya Laktionova / Ukraine, Austria / 2022 / 5’ / Polish premiere

Remember the Smell of Mariupol




Kinoteka, plac Defilad 1, Warszawa, Polska

Director(s): Zoya Laktionova
Writer(s): Zoya Laktionova
Cinematography: Zoya Laktionova
Editing: Zoya Laktionova
Sound: Zoya Laktionova
Producer(s): Zoya Laktionova
Production: Zoya Laktionova
World sales: Zoya Laktionova
Language: English



Director Zoya Laktionova talks about her two months of experience abroad in a state of two realities. Her documentary essay interacts with two landscapes in the same space of the video work. The work uses archival family photos of the artist and texts written in the first weeks of the war. The work absorbs one landscape into another, but it is difficult to understand what kind of landscape this act carries out.



Go Short - International Short Film Festival, Sehsüchte - International Student Film Festival, Ukrainian Film Festival Berlin, Filma. Feminist Film Festival, Wiz-Art Lviv International Short Film Festival



Zoya Laktionova was born in 1984 in Mariupol, in a working class family. She first appeared in the world of documentary cinema as a character in the film “Ma” (10’) in 2017, and a year later made her first short documentary “Diorama” (2018) about the mined sea in the Mariupol area. The film won an award in the MyStreetFilms category at the “86” festival (Ukraine) in 2018, and has participated in numerous European film festivals (i.a. DOK Leipzig, Ji.hlava IDFF, FilmFestival Cottbus), and was released in cinemas in Ukraine in 2019. In 2021, Zoya premiered her new short “Territory of Empty Windows” (10’) at Docudays UA, and screened it in cinemas at the Molodist IFF in Kyiv. The film received a Special Prize from the Ji.hlava IDFF at the Kinosaray Positive Film Festival 2021 and the Grand Prix in the documentary competition of the French-Ukrainian MIST Kinofest 2021. International premiere was held at MakeDox IFF, North Macedonia. Before the start of a full-scale war of russia against Ukraine (24/02/22), Zoya lived in Kyiv and worked as an independent artist and documentary filmmaker. She works with themes of war, memory and personal stories.


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