A village in Ukraine, near the Russian border. The only thing that slightly disturbs the peace there is the occasional death of an elderly person. That is also why Anatoly returns there: to take care of his dying mother. The third important character in STEPNE is the landscape. (...) Vroda combines the story of mother and son with gripping, harrowing, seemingly documentary slices of life of the villagers. Tales about life in the Soviet era with an underlying idea: shared sorrow is half sorrow. STEPNE is a strong piece of slow cinema, wistful and incantatory, about how we need to dissect the past to understand the present. (Film Fest Gent)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Stepne (2023) - The Oath (2017, short) - Penguin (2015, short) - Snails (2014, short) - Cross-Country Run (2011, short)
Competition Fiction 2024
Maryna Vroda
Ukraine / Germany / Poland / Slovakia 2023
114 minutes
Ukrainian / Russian
OV with English subtitles

Screenings / Tickets

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Screenplay Maryna Vroda, Kirill Schuvalov
Cinematography Andrii Lysetskyi
Editing Franziska Wenzel, Maryna Vroda, Marek Šulik
Sound/Sounddesign Sergiy Prokopenko, Igor Jedinák
Music Anton Baibakov
With Oleksandr Maksiakov, Nina Antonova, Oleg Primogenov, Radmila Shchogolieva
Producer(s) Maryna Vroda, Andrea Wohlfeil, Anna Katchko, Agnieszka Dziedzic, Jan Naszewski, Marcin Łuczaj, Peter Kerekes
VRODASTUDIO, Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Tandem Production, Koi Studio, New Europe Film Sales, Kerekes Film
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Locarno Film Festival 2023