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Filmstill from "Intercepted" by Oksana Karpovych. It shows an empty room with broken walls and dirt on the floor. Blue and yellow curtains hang in the room and there are red movie theater seats.
Still from INTERCEPTED by Oksana Karpovych © Christopher Nunn

Sat 17.02.

  • Director

    Oksana Karpovych

  • Canada, France, Ukraine / 2024
    95 min / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language

    Russian, Ukrainian

  • Cinema

    Zoo Palast 2

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender

What drives the people who come to your country to wage war? Intercepted is an attempt to find an answer by showing two parallel worlds. The camera registers images of destruction in unhurried shots, in which we see Ukrainian villages, towns, houses and motorways after their liberation from the Russian occupation. We look closely – not into the abyss of destruction and death, but rather at landscapes being filled again with life. This gives hope and serves to balance out the media’s normalization of horror. They are frames set against the flood of images. Throughout the film, the soundtrack forms a shocking counterpoint. We listen to the recordings of telephone conversations intercepted in 2022 by the Ukrainian Secret Service between Russian soldiers in trenches in Ukraine and their families. It’s hard to decide which element is more devastating: the soldiers’ confessions of the rape, looting and brutal torture of Ukrainian civilians and prisoners of war or the (mainly) female voices from “back home” that bear witness to chauvinism and hatred, disinformation and schizophrenic propaganda. Sound and image stare each other in the face, stunned, brought together in a cinematic space. (Yuliia Kovalenko)

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media