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A Picture to Remember

A Picture to Remember

Foto na pam’yat
Olga Chernykh
Ukraine, France, Germany
2023
72 min
World Premiere
Envision Competition
Synopsis

Olga Chernykh spent her childhood in Donetsk in the 1990s, before moving with her parents to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Her grandma stayed in the Donbas region, large parts of which were occupied by pro-Russian rebels in 2014. The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and the ensuing war, only increased the sense of distance between Chernykh and her grandmother.

A Picture to Remember is an essay-style account of the war from the perspective of three generations of women. There are frequent video calls between Chernykh, her mother (a pathologist working above a morgue, where it feels surprisingly safe during bomb attacks) and her grandmother. Recordings of their conversations are interspersed with photos and videos from the family archive, and news reports, as well as images of the parasites Chernykh’s mother observes with a microscope.

The result is a kaleidoscopic and personal film. Traveling fluidly through time, it connects the current violence in Donbas with the destruction there during the Second World War—as related by Chernykh’s grandmother. A sense of absence and loss prevails throughout.

 
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Credits
72 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Ukrainian, Russian
Director
    Olga Chernykh
    Olga Chernykh
Production
    Regina Maryanovska-Davidzon for Real Pictures
    Regina Maryanovska-Davidzon for Real Pictures
Co-production
    Laurence Uebersfeld for Lufilms,
    Flavia Oertwig for Tama Film Produktion
    Laurence Uebersfeld for Lufilms,
    Flavia Oertwig for Tama Film Produktion
Cinematography
    Yevgenia Bondarenko
    Yevgenia Bondarenko
Editing
    Kasia Boniecka
    Kasia Boniecka
Sound
    Serhii Avdieiev
    Serhii Avdieiev
Sound Design
    Benedikt Schiefer
    Benedikt Schiefer
Music
    Maryana Klochko
    Maryana Klochko
World Sales
    Real Pictures
    Real Pictures
Screening copy
    Real Pictures
    Real Pictures

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