International Competition

Eastern Front

Vitaly Mansky, Yevhen Titarenko
Screening time  
29.03. / Wednesday, 19:30 - 21:30 Theatre 3  
30.03. / Thursday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 2  

From the first minute of Russia’s large-scale aggression against Ukraine, Yevhen Titarenko began to record everything that surrounded him: his own feelings when the first rockets began to bomb his city, tens of thousands of refugees in a hurry to leave their homes, and the friends with whom he went to war – a war which had progressed to the threshold of his own house in Kyiv. As volunteers in the first aid battalion on the front line, they provided life-saving support and evacuation of the injured. Captured on video recorders and mobile phones, Eastern Front reveals the experiences of these young men over six months full of drama, despair, fear, hatred, bitterness, love, and, most importantly, faith in victory.


Vitaly Mansky

Vitaly Manskiy (1963, Lviv, Ukraine) graduated from VGIK in 1989 and became one of the most prominent contemporary Russian documentary filmmakers and producers. He has directed over 30 films which have been screened at almost every major festival around the world and have won over 100 international awards. He is the founder and president of the International Festival of Creative Documentary Films Artdocfest (its activity was halted in 2022 due to censorship in Russia, as well as Russia’s war against Ukraine). He is persecuted by the Russian authorities for defending his civic position


Yevhen Titarenko

Yevhen Titarenko (1988, Odesa, Ukraine) graduated from the Mykolaychuk Institute of Visual Arts in 2009, specialising in film and TV directing. From 2012 to 2014 he owned a film production company and film school in Crimea. After the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea by Russia on 2014, he left his business and left Crimea, going to the front as a documentary filmmaker. After being evacuated from the Donetsk airport, he signed up as a volunteer for the Hospitallers medical battalion. Since 24 February 2022 he volunteers in the Hospitallers medical battalion.

General sponsor

Shidniy Front

Ukraine, USA, Latvia, Czech Republic
2023, 98'

Directed by:
Vitaly Mansky, Yevhen Titarenko

Yevhen Titarenko

Edited by:
Andrey Paperny

Natalia Manskaia, Nataliia Khazan

Produced by:
Vertov, Braha Production Company, Hypermarket Film, Current Time TV

Festivals & Awards:

Berlinale (2023), Artdocfest Riga (2023)