‘Stop-Zemlia - Kateryna Gornostai’

26 Feb.'22
- 20:30

Focus on Ukraine

Given the current situation in Ukraine, the directors are currently unable to travel, so there will be no discussion after the film. The projections of the films on Saturday and Sunday will continue as planned.

A radical, authentic, and sensitive insight into the unsettling feeling of being young and an inside perspective on Ukrainian youth. The introverted high-school girl Masha sees herself as an outsider unless she hangs around with Yana and Senia who share her non-conformist status. While she is trying to navigate through an intense time of the pre-graduation year, Masha falls in love in a way that forces her out of her comfort zone. From a debutant Ukrainian director Kateryna Gornostai, a deeply personal story about self-discovery and the patience it requires.

Kateryna Gornostai is a director, writer and film editor. She was born in Lutsk, Ukraine on March 15, 1989, and is now based in Kyiv. After her filmstudies at Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov’s School of Documentary Film and Theatre, she started her career as a documentary filmmaker in 2012. Subsequently, she shifted to fiction films and hybrid forms. Next to her practice as a filmmaker she teaches documentary filmmaking at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’s School of Journalism. Among her recent works are Buzok / Lilac (2017) which won her a Special Jury Mention and the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Ukrainian Short Film at 2017 Odesa IFF. Stop-Zemlia (2021) had its World Premiere at the Berlinale (Generation 14plus). 



New release



18 → 27

BRIDGES. East of West Film Days - 5th edition

Practical information



Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS


  • Ukrainian
  • Subtitles: English

(UKR, 2021, DCP, 122')



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