Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Slovakia
The mother’s passing, a meeting with his brother, and a woman he loves make him reflect on the life he’s had and the choices he made along the way. And then, just before her death, the mother tells Anatoliy about a treasure she has buried in the shed…
As a young Ukrainian, I was expecting social changes in the society. Something extremely big. And I was imagining it to be a part of that social explosion in the country, which came in 2013-2014 in the form of the Revolution of Dignity. In addition, I was interested in describing the atmosphere of the new era of the oligarchs and the society's values which, at the time, had been changing drastically, sometimes in a very brutal way.
As a filmmaker, I was always interested in the topic of disappearance, vanishing, departure, and parting with something really valuable. That refers to the disappearance of the whole system of social relations between people, erasing the past of a person or the state due to changes in a social structure; it is a farewell to these elusive things that would never come back. I was amazed to witness the vanishing of Ukrainian villages, and I felt the need to capture it all, to pay tribute to the past and catch a part of the culture that was fading.
STEPNE is an elegiac tale with silence as one of the main characters. It's the stillness that covers the endless Ukrainian steppes and echoes in the sounds of the past generations.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Maryna Vroda
Written by: Maryna Vroda, Kirill Schuvalov
Produced by: Maryna Vroda
Cinematography: Andrii Lysetskyi
Editing: Franziska Wenzel, Maryna Vroda, Marek Sulik
Production Design: Mychailo Alekseenko
Costume Design: Volodymyr Kuznetzov, Oksana Kovtun
Original Score: Anton Baibakov
Sound Design: Igor Jedinák, Sergiy Prokopenko
Visual Effects: Ladislav Dedík, Ondrej Azor, Martin Durinska
Casting: Olga Savina, Olga Lubarova
Cast: Oleksandr Maksiakov (Anatoliy), Nina Antonova (Mother), Oleg Primogenov (Oleksiy), Radmila Shchogolieva (Anna)
Nominations and Awards
- Feature Film Selection 2023