The film directed by Oleg Sentsov and Akhtem Seitablayev made under impossible circumstances and in complete isolation.
The story of a dystopian society of ten Numbers stuck in daily routines regulated by strict rules set out by an omnipresent deity, the Great Zero, and enforced by armed Judges. In this strictly ordered world an error occurred causing the creation of a new world. Will it be any better than the old one?
Oleg Sentsov is a director, writer, former political prisoner and social activist. His debut film Gamer premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2011, but in May 2014, after Russia's annexation of Crimea, Sentsov was arrested by the FSB, charged with planning terrorist attacks. He was brought to Moscow. Despite a complete lack of evidence, he was unlawfully sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment, giving rise to a global campaign for his release. While in prison, Sentsov wrote a collection of short stories and the novel, Buy This Book - It's Funny. In 2018, he received the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, before being finally released on 7 September 2019, as part of a prisoner exchange deal between Russia and Ukraine.
Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS
- Subtitles: English
(UA/PL/FR/CZ, 2020, DCP, 104')
- Association of Ukrainians in Belgium
- Embassy of the Republic of Ukraine to Belgium and Luxembourg
- Ukrainian State Film Agency