On May 5, «Pamfir», a drama by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, will be released by Conic in wide distribution in Great Britain and Ireland. The film will be shown in more than 25 cities, from Stornoway in Scotland to the southern city of Penzance. A schedule of film screenings can be viewed on the distributor’s website
It is a story about a good family man, Pamfir, who, after earning money abroad, returns home. After controversial deeds in the past, the protagonist has to turn to crime again because of his son’s wrongdoing. The events take place during the Malanka holiday and are based on the biblical story about Abraham.
Filming took place in the Carpathians and Bukovyna in autumn 2020, and the main roles were played by Oleksandr Yatsentyuk, Solomiia Kyrylova («Leopolis Night»), Oleksandr Yarema («Numbers»), Rymma Zyubina («The Nest of the Turtledove») and locals. The film’s script, which was written by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk («Weightlifter»), was developed at the Cannes International Film Festival Cinéfondation Residence.
The film premiered at «Directors’ Fortnight» at the Cannes Film Festival where it received positive reviews from film critics. In Ukraine, the film was released on March 23 and grossed more than 11 million UAH after the fifth weekend.
It will premiere on VOD platforms on June 3, 2023.
Nikita Kuzmenko, cinematographer of «Pamphir», received the award for Best Cinematography at the Raindance Film Festival in London. Read more about the prizes, the best films of 2022 and Carpathians without stereotypes in our interview with Nikita.