Award: Golden Leopard - Best Film, Locarno 2023 Best Director, Locarno 2023 Special Mention-FIPRESCI Prize, Locarno 2023
Synopsis: The stunning Ukrainian winter landscapes reflect the emerging feelings of alienation between people in a post-Soviet society. In this setting unfolds the story of Anatoliy, a man who comes back home to take care of his dying mother. A meeting with his brother and a woman he loves make him reflect on the choices he made along the way. And just before her death, the mother tells Anatoliy about a treasure.
Directors Bio: Maryna Vroda (b: 1982, Kyiv) graduated in Film Directing from the Kyiv National University of Theater, Cinematography and Television. In 2008 her Student films were in festivals across Eastern and Western Europe. And Cross-Country won the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film at Cannes 2011. In 2010 Maryna was a participant at the Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2013 she used the Residence Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris to write the script for Stepne. In 2016 she studied for a Master at the Konrad Wolf Film University, Babelsberg.
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