A barren, rocky quarry in Ukraine with a man sitting in water collected in the digging scoop of mining machinery, which is being heated by fire underneath.
A barren, rocky quarry in Ukraine with a man sitting in water collected in the digging scoop of mining machinery, which is being heated by fire underneath.
Atlantis (2019) Valentyn Vasyanovych

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Atlantis

Valentyn Vasyanovych | Ukraine | | Unclassified (15+)
Film

The setting is Eastern Ukraine in 2025, with the nation having emerged victorious in its war with Russia but with much of its land rendered uninhabitable. An ex-soldier with PTSD (Andriy Rymaruk) forges a connection with former archaeology student Katya (Liudmyla Bileka) as they struggle to retrieve the war dead on a volunteer mission across inhospitable terrain. Director, writer, cinematographer and editor Vasyanovych cast this Venice Horizons Award-winner – a “bleak apocalypse love story” (Glenn Kenny) – with non-professionals who held relevant military experience and lets the drama unfold over a series of stunningly composed and often – but not exclusively – stationary long takes.

Format: DCP, Colour
Language: Ukrainian with English Subtitles
Source: Best Friend Forever
Courtesy: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Duration: 106 mins

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Duration

106 mins

Rating

Unclassified (15+)

Where

Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Also screening on Wed 20 July

Program

Masterpieces of Ukrainian Cinema

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965) – Wed 20 Jul, 7pm
Atlantis (2019) – Wed 20 Jul, 8.55pm
Earth (1930) – Wed 27 Jul, 7pm
The Tribe (2014) – Wed 27 Jul, 8.35pm
Brief Encounters (1967) – Wed 3 Aug, 7pm
Volcano (2018) – Wed 3 Aug, 8.50pm

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Masterpieces of Ukrainian Cinema

2022 marks the centenary of Ukrainian feature filmmaking. This season assembles six masterworks of Ukrainian cinema, all canonised by the Dovzhenko Centre (the Ukrainian national film archive in Kyiv) and includes three landmark titles from the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic era (1922–1991) – all of which were at ideological odds with the official doctrines of their times – and three from the 21st century...

Masterpieces of Ukrainian Cinema - Melbourne Cinémathèque

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