Sergiy and Sveta live in Chernobyl. He is a truck-driver at a radioactive waste plant. She works at a radioactive decontamination station. Their work and life are dictated by one unchangeable rhythm with clockwork precision. But what sets this mechanism in motion - day by day?

Directors Statement

How long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing? I had a full feature project in development about Chernobyl which I had to stop due to some difficulties with financing. Arthouse Traffic LLC offered me to make a short film on the same topic. Negotiations and pre-production lasted for a month and then we had three day of shooting. Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”? Even though Ukraine is not yet a member of European Union due to political reasons, I have always felt a part of the European film community and a lot of my activities and projects would not be possible without the support of my friends from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and France. We understand each other perfectly and there are no borders between us and no language barrier. We are all united by our mutual passion for film. If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen? DOGVILLE by Lars von Trier. What is your next project? Currently I am working on the full feature film THE TRIBE about life in a boarding school for deaf children with the participation of deaf actors only. The film is supported by the Hubert Bals Fund of the IFF Rotterdam and the Ukrainian State Film Agency.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

Written by: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

Produced by: Volodymyr Tykhyy, Denys Ivanov

Cinematography: Dmytro Sannykov

Editing: Kristof Hoornaert

Sound: Sergiy Stepanskiy

Main Cast: Sergiy Gavryluk, Svenlana Shtanko

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2013