September 26, 20238:30pm
There will be a pre-recorded introduction by the film’s director and a post-screening Q&A with Olga Sydorushkina, the Ukrainian Institute London’s Film Festival Fellow. This is a partnership event with the Ukrainian Film Festival London. Discounted tickets are available for displaced Ukrainians.

*** Please note: The lift at the Curzon is currently out-of-action. ***

At its development stage, director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk summarised his impressive debut feature film as being about “a good family in the darkness”. Immersed in the culture and customs of the Bukovina region of western Ukraine (the cast spent months mastering the local dialect), this rural gangster thriller has at its heart the region’s Malanka carnival, the subject of Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk’s film school graduation project.

His film school collaborator, cinematographer Nikita Kuzmenko (who has directed music videos for Harry Styles and The Weeknd), creates striking and ethereal images, with key visual reference points including Caravaggio paintings and East Asian movies such as In the Mood for Love.

Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk’s film had to be smuggled out of the country after the Russian invasion; two crew members have subsequently lost their lives fighting in the Ukrainian armed forces. He is now focused on documenting the war and has observed that “I set out to make a film about contemporary Ukraine, but Pamfir became, unintentionally, a historical movie about a life and outlook that has vanished for many Ukrainians.”

balances muscular, crime thriller tropes against moments of striking, unsettling beauty, tension and urgency against knottily complex character development.” Wendy Ide, Observer.

one of the strangest and fiercest movies I have seen in a while: dynamic and yet despairing.” Peter Bradshaw, Guardian.

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Film Information
Release year: 2022
Running time:   102 mins
Directed by: Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk
Language: Ukrainian
Country: Ukraine
Classification: 15
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Starring: Oleksandr Yatsentyuk,
Stanislav Potiak,
Solomiia Kyrylova

Shadi Abd El Salam Prize for Best Film,
Best Director Ukrainian Film Critics Award
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Rotten Tomatoes
WFC Audience Score:  80%

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