Ukraine / Slovakia 2022, 85 min, Russian, Polish and Ukrainian, Hebrew & English subtitles

Leonid Burlaka was an acclaimed cinematographer who worked for years at the film studios in Odesa (a claimant to the title “the real cradle of cinema”). As Alzheimer’s slowly chips away at Burlaka’s memories, his grandson Igor finds a bag full of crumbling film rolls and pores over them in an attempt to find missing pieces and fill the yawning gaps in his grandfather’s mind. By having careful and intimate conversations with his grandfather, meeting people who worked with him, and watching his films, filmmaker Igor Ivanko learns not only the personal story of the man who sparked his passion for film, but also the history of Soviet-era Ukraine. The film features rare excerpts from Soviet films (including footage of Vladimir Vysotsky and Joseph Brodsky) found in the enormous archive uncovered in Odesa.

Previous Festivals: Krakow Film Festival

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Screening Schedule:
  • Tue 31.05 | 17:15 | Venue Cinematheque 1
  • Thu 02.06 | 10:15 | Venue Cinematheque 1
  • Sat 04.06 | 12:15 | Venue Cinematheque 2
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 31st until June 5th

Igor Ivanko graduated from Karpenko-Karyi Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television obtaining Cinematography Master Degree in 2016. Since 2014, Igor collaborates as a cinematographer with BABYLON’13 documentary filmmakers collective, filming during Maidan protests and the Russo-Ukrainian war. 'Fragile Memory' is his debut feature documentary film.

Production: Alexandra Bratyshchenko, Mariia Ponomarova, Igor Ivanko, Peter Kerekes
Production Company: Burlaka Films, Peter Kerekes Film
Script: Igor Ivanko, Mariia Ponomarova
Editing: Igor Kosenko
Cinematography: Igor Ivanko, Illia Yegorov
Sound Design: Karina Rezhevska
Music: Marek Piacek, Mykyta Moiseev

Source: Burlaka Films