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Ukrainian film about occupied Chornobyl wins at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

On May 1 Oleksiy Radynski’s documentary «Chornobyl 22» won the Grand Prize at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Radynski’s film shows the aftermath of the russian occupation of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant in February 2022. «Chornobyl 22» consists of footage shot on a cell phone and eyewitness accounts.

«While working on the film “Chornobyl 22”, we conducted more than twenty in-depth interviews with witnesses of russian war crimes in the Zone. These people are very different: from nuclear power plant workers to self-settlers and environmentalists. Their testimonies have one observation in common: the russians ended up in the Chornobyl zone without the slightest idea of where they really ended up», Oleksiy Radynski’ tells in his Telegram channel.

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is the largest film festival of its kind. It was founded in 1954 and shows various forms of short films, including video clips. In 2023 it has a prize pool of 43,000 euros. It is divided into 20 awards. The authors of the film «Chornobyl 22» received 8,000 EUR.

Oleksiy Radynski is a documentary filmmaker who has worked on the films «Circulation» and «Infinity According to Florian». The latter premiered at one of the world’s most influential film festivals, The International Film Festival Rotterdam, and in Ukraine it was first shown at the end of the same year at Docudays UA.

«Infinity According to Florian» tells the story of the confrontation between the architect of the «flying saucer» on Lybidska Square, Florian Yuriev, and the developer of Ocean Mall, who wanted to encroach on the find of monumentalism.

Read more about the film in our interview with the director.

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