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Ukrainian Sheriffs

Roman Bondarchuk

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Screening time  
25.02. / Thursday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 3  
The tragicomic sheriff duo Viktor and Volodya have to solve crimes such as the htheft of two ducks.

In a rural village in southern Ukraine, the tragicomic sheriff duo Viktor and Volodya have to solve crimes such as the htheft of two ducks. The other main problems are neighbor disputes, drunkenness, physical abuse and car breakdowns, and many of them have their roots in the prevalent unemployment, poverty and illiteracy. When the mayor gives a speech, his audience consists mainly of children and old women. The filmmakers follow the adventures of Viktor and Volodya with a keen eye for the comical side of everyday situations. The seasons pass until political developments reach the village by way of the TV screen, sowing separatist discord. The only music comes from the radio or when someone breaks into a folk song about a goat. Around the time of the celebrations for the country’s 70th Independence Day, the men of the village are drafted into the army.

Roman Bondarchuk

Roman Bondarchuk has graduated from the Kyiv State University of Theatre, Cinema and TV, under Yuriy Illenko. He has created a number of short films, documentaries and music videos. Also, he is an author of novels, contemporary art and photo exhibitions. His films include Dixieland, Euromaidan. Rough Cut, and Radunytsya

Ukrainian Sheriffs

Ukraine, Latvia, Germany
2015, 85'

Directed by:
Roman Bondarchuk

Screenplay by:
Darya Averchenko

Cinematography:
Roman Bondarchuk

Edited by:
Roman Bondarchuk, Kateryna Gornostai

Music:
Anton Baibakov

Producers:
Uldis Cekulis, Darya Averchenko, Tanja Georgieva

Produced by:
VFS Films, SOUTH, Taskovski Films

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2015 – Special Jury Award in Feature Length Competition