Falling – Ukraine, 105′ 2017
Director: Marina Stepanska
Writer: Marina Stepanska
Cinematography: Sebastian Thaler
Cast: Andriy Seletskiy; Dasha Plahtiy; Oleg Mosiychuk; Larysa Rusnak; Christian Boris
Producer: Olena Yershova, Volodymyr Filippov, Alla Ovsyannikova
Anton and Katia happen upon one another in night-time Kiev. Both are trying to find their bearings in life, and their encounter changes everything… This psychological drama by debuting Marina Stepanska offers up both a fragile love story and a strong statement on the current young generation as it searches for its place in post-revolutionary Ukraine.
Marina Stepanska graduated from the Karpenko-Kary Kiev National University of Film and Television in 2004. She later worked at the experimental theatre “School”, where she studied methods involving nonprofessional actors. She participated in the six-month workshop Archidoc, organised for European documentarists by La Fémis film school in Paris. She has directed several shorts and also wrote various scripts. Man’s Work (Cholovicha robota, 2015) won Best Ukrainian Short at the Odessa IFF and an award for the ensemble cast at the Molodist IFF in Kiev.
Falling is her feature film debut. Premiered at Karlovy Vary IFF (Competition), 2017.
2017 Falling. Feature (105′). Director, screenwriter.
2015 Man’s work. Feature Short, (15′). Director, screenwriter.
2013 Holidays. Short, (31’). Screenwriter, director, editor.
2004 To Hear. Short, (12 ) Screenwriter, director. Prize for best director and DoP at the National Film Festival “Open Night”.