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Film still from "Redaktsiya" by Roman Bondarchuk. It shows a close-up of a man in a cap looking through the window of a moving vehicle.
Still from REDAKTSIYA by Roman Bondarchuk © Moon Man filmproduction
  • Director

    Roman Bondarchuk

  • Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, Czechia / 2024
    126 min / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language

    Ukrainian, English

Young biologist Yura actually leads a quiet provincial life with his job at the Natural History Museum. He’s still living at home with his mother – if only her pompous admirer wouldn’t annoy him with his readings from “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”. In search of the marmot, a creature thought extinct on the Southern Ukrainian steppe, Yura is witness to arson. Trying to draw public attention to the injustice, he unexpectedly ends up on a sensationalist local news portal, and is drawn ever deeper into the absurd entanglements of a network that no one is really interested in unravelling.

Roman Bondarchuk’s long-awaited second feature is a playful media and political satire with shades of science fiction: ludicrous, bizarre, self-critical and subversive, without losing love and faith in its protagonists. Shot shortly before the Russian invasion and completed in the middle of the war, with almost no direct reference to the fighting and yet highly topical, it captures the fragile humanity at stake here. A monument to Kherson – wild periphery, central theatre of war and Bondarchuk’s home region. (Irina Bondas)

Roman Bondarchuk’s debut feature film Volcano (2018) premiered at Karlovy Vary and won 12 international awards, including Ukraine's Shevchenko National Prize. His documentary Ukranian Sheriffs (2015) received the Special Jury Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and was Ukraine's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Dixie Land (2016) won the Golden Duke Award at Odesa International Film Festival. Bondarchuk serves as the Artistic Director for Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

Production Darya Bassel, Dar'ya Averchenko. Production company Moon Man (Kyiv, Ukraine). Director Roman Bondarchuk. Screenplay Alla Tyutyunnyk, Dar'ya Averchenko, Roman Bondarchuk. Cinematography Vadym Ilkov. Editing Viktor Onysko, Nikon Romanchenko. Music Anton Baibakov. Sound design Serhiy Stepansky. Sound Serhiy Stepansky. Production design Kirill Shuvalov. Costumes Sofia Doroshenko. Make-up Oksana Pidopryhora. Casting Tetiana Symon. Executive producer Vika Khomenko. Co-producer Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer, Katarína Krnáčová, Dagmar Sedláčková. Co-production Elemag Pictures, Silverart, MasterFilm, South Films. With Dmytro Bahnenko, Zhanna Ozirna, Rymma Ziubina, Andrii Kyrylchuk, Oleksandr Shmal, Vasyl Kukharskyi, Maksym Kurochkin, Oleksandr Hannochenko, Serhii Ivanov, Serhiy Stepansky, Serhii Mykhailovskyi, Anastasia Kapshuchenko, Artem Karataiev, Joel Kenneth Rakos, Serhii Malyuga, Halyna Kobzar-Slobodiuk.

Films: 2014: Euromaidan. Rough Cut. 2015: Ukrainian Sheriffs (documentary). 2016: Dixie Land. 2018: Vulkan / Volcano. 2024: Redaktsiya / The Editorial Office.

Bonus Material

Director’s Statement and Interview

  • Film still from "Redaktsiya" by Roman Bondarchuk. It shows a woman with a short haircut and a man with a cap standing opposite each other in a room and looking at each other. A glass door can be seen in the background and another person is sitting at a table.

    Director’s Statement

    Roman Bondarchuk on the social and cultural influence of southern Ukraine.

  • Film still from "Redaktsiya" by Roman Bondarchuk. It shows a close-up of people with photo cameras, all looking in the direction of the camera. Nature and a house can be seen in the background.


    Irina Bondas and Barbara Wurm speak with Roman Bondarchuk about REDAKTSIYA

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