Section: What´s left?

Den Ukrainskoho Dobrovoltsia


Volodymyr Tykhy
UA, 2022, 78 Min

Real-dystopian observations on the 2944th day of the war in Ukraine – counted from the beginning of the Maidan demonstrations. Women, the elderly and children seek shelter in a subway tunnel, a woman feeds stray dogs whilst the sirens wail, at the front drones are sent to war. Contemplative observations of a terrifying everyday life: this isn't a film, this is reality.

Volodymyr Tykhy is one of the founding members of the filmmaking collective “Babylon '13”, which was already active at the time of the Maidan protests. The footage of everyday wartime existence, shot since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, comes from twelve cameramen and was filmed on March 14, “Volunteer Day”, a day dedicated to the volunteers of the war. It begins the night before with a ride down a subway tunnel where people have fled and are waiting for the rocket attacks to end. Amidst the frighteningly cowered silence, human warmth is exchanged. The camera remains emotional and yet keeps its distance: When a man in the suburbs scouts the situation with a remote-controlled drone, volunteers salute at a monument, activists cook for the defenders of a Kyiv suburb, looters are tied to traffic signs with plastic wrapping tape and their trousers down. Patriotism alternates with the struggle for survival and the desperate search for a remnant of normalcy, for routine. Disturbing snapshots of the unimaginable: still functioning, close to the inhuman, emotionally on edge, and yet somewhere there is still hope. Otherwise, this film would not exist.

Weltspiegel: original version with English subtitles + German simultaneous translation
Glad-House/Obenkino: original version with English subtitles

Volodymyr Tykhyy
Yevhen Kozeko, Serhii Stetsenko, Iaroslav Pilunskiy, Ihor Ivanko, Illya Yehorov, Ivan Bannikov, Roman Liubyi, Oleksandr Shkrabak, Ihor Lutsenko, Maksym Ruban, Yuri Gruzinov, Yuri Pupyrin
Andrii Rogachov, Maria Nesterenko, Bob Shevyakov
Ivan Bannikov, Volodymyr Tykhyy
Mykyta Moiseiev
Igor Savychenko, Volodymyr Tykhyy
Babylon 13 Production
Kamil Rutkowski, Black Photon
Volodymyr Tykhy

Volodymyr Tykhy - Born in 1971 in the town of Chervonograd in Lviv region. In 1997 he graduated from Kyiv State Institute of Theatrical Art.

During the 1990s he completed several shorts, the most popular being MERMAID that participated in more than 80 festivals. His awards include a 1997 gran-prix Alternative IFF, Romania, 1997 award for “best visual solution”, Hannover IFF, Germany; 1997, jury special mention “best artistic decision”, Film-Video IFF, Italy,1998.

His feature film debut, CAR WASHER (2010) was screened in Karlovy Vary IFF.

In 1999 Volodymyr created and runned TV show SV SHOW with Verka Serduchka.

Author, director and co-producer of the project MUDAKY (FUCKERS. ARABESQUES) and UKRAINE, GOODBYE!, almanacs of short films, participated in the Berlinale, Silver leopard of Locarno IFF 2012, Clermont Ferrand 2013 and was a nominee for European academy award.

In 2013 he finished his film THE GREEN JACKET, which was in competition at the San Sebastian IFF, Warsaw IFF and Tbilisi IFF.

Recently he has been directing the documentary web-series BABYLON’13 dedicated to social and cultural revolution in Ukraine in 2013-2015.

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