creative documentaries from ukraine
Utopia Films*
Independent documentary production company based in Kyiv, Ukraine
We focus on producing creative documentaries with strong author's point of view, refined visual style and critical approach towards dominant discourses.
* former Honest Fish Documentary Stories
Photo from making of "Underwater" film by Oksana Kazmina

In development:
Underwater (dir. Oksana Kazmina), Enjoy Your Fly (dir. Maria Stoianova)

Finished films:
Delta (dir. Oleksandr Techynskyi, Ukraine-Germany, 2017, 81 mins), All Things Ablaze (dir. Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov and Dmitry Stoykov, Ukraine, 2014, 82/52 mins), Sirs and Misters (dir. Oleksandr Techynskyi, Ukraine, 2013, 35 mins).

Documentary trilogy about three Ukrainian contemporary female-identified artists who explore fears and violence caused by patriarchal society. Directed by Oksana Kazmina

Documentary, 81 minutes, Ukraine-Germany, 2017
Director and camera Oleksandr Techynskyi
Editor Marina Maykovskaya
Sound Oleg Golovoshkin
Producers (Ukraine): Yulia Serdyukova (Utopia Films) and Gennady Kofman (MAGIKA-Film).
Co-Producer (Germany): Kirill Krasovski (faktura film). With financial support from State Film Agency of Ukraine.
White winter blizzard covers everything. We can rely now only on saints, on our prayers. The future has sailed away, with us left behind. Astray, we did not board the magic ship. The task at hand is simple - not to perish in the fog, not to die from the cold, not to get trapped under the ice. Not to fall in our own snares. Or are we all in one big trap anyway? Running around in a small circle, counting those who vanished.
Gallery (poster, stills and making of):

Documentary, 82 minutes, Ukraine, 2014
All Things Ablaze
Film by Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov and Dmitry Stoykov
Postproduction director Oleksandr Techynskyi
Producer Yulia Serdyukova
Editor Marina Maykovskaya
Sound Oleg Golovoshkin
World sales: Journeyman Pictures. Sales in Ukraine: Arthouse Traffic.
MDR Prize for the best Eastern European documentary at DOK Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany).
Other festivals: Sheffield Doc/Fest (Sheffield, UK), Vision du Reel (Nyon, Switzerland), goEAST Festival of Central and Eastern European films (Wiesbaden, Germany), Zagreb HRDFF (Zagreb, Croatia), Docudays UA IDFF (Kyiv, Ukraine), Camden International Film Festival (Camden, USA), 9th Ânûû-rû Âboro International Film Festival (Pwêêdi Wiimîâ, New Caledonia), and others

This film is not about the revolution that changed Ukraine in winter 2013-2014. Not exactly. It rather shows a universal pattern of particular kind of uprisings – those that end with bloodshed. At first, the noble endeavor for freedom collides with the dark force of repressive rulers. Then eventually, after much confusion and chaos, the righteous anger of people changes to pure outrage. After the first casualties on both sides, no matter how black and white it seems from outside, the edge between good and bad blurs. And finally, all things ablaze.

Documentary, 35 minutes, Ukraine, 2013
Sirs and Misters
Director and camera Oleksandr Techynskyi
Producer Yulia Serdyukova
2nd camera Aleksey Solodunov
Editor Marina Maykovskaya
Sound Oleg Golovoshkin
Andriy Matrosov Award for the best Ukrainian debut at IHRDFF Docudays UA (Kyiv, Ukraine);
Special Jury Mention at Odessa IFF (Odessa, Ukraine). International premier at DOK Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany).
Other festivals: ArtDocFest (Moscow, Russia), True/False IFF (Columbia, Missouri, USA), The Spirit of Fire IFF (Khantymansiysk, Russia ), Lubuskie Lato Filmowe (Lagow, Poland), Neisse Film Festival (Zitau, Germany)
A museum guide, a military man, a bank clerk, an aircraft mechanic and other desperate Ukrainian men from all over the country get together once a year in autumn to work as porters during pilgrimage of Hasidim to the town of Uman'. Within four days, dozens of thousands of Hasidim are flocking to this tiny town – in celebratory mood, singing, dancings and... bringing enormous amounts of baggage with them. During these four days local porters sleep not more then three hours a night in handmade tents along the side of the road, while the rest of the time they spend carrying tons of loads to earn what equals their two usual monthly salaries. On their way, they have to reach mutual understanding with their almost "alien" clients and with each other. However, it seems that no burdens can suppress their optimism and humour. Finally, they are sure – "Mister God knows what he's doing".
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Yulia Serdyukova
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