“STOP-ZEMLIA” by Kateryna Gornostai will have its world premiere at the 71st Berlinale Generation 14plus. This year the festival will take place online together with the European Film Market from March 1 to 5. During this time, accredited guests of the market and international press will be able to watch films while the festival’s jury will be making their decision for the film selected for the competition. But already on June 9-20, Berlin’s cinemas will welcome a wide audience to watch the festival films there.
“STOP-ZEMLIA” is a story about first sensual experience, love, friendship, and responsibility. An introverted high-school girl Masha sees herself as an outsider unless she hangs around with Yana and Senia who share her non-conformist status. While she is trying to navigate through an intense time of the pre-graduation year, Masha falls in love that forces her to leave her comfort zone. From a debutant Ukrainian director Kateryna Gornostai, a deeply personal story about self-discovery and the patience it requires.
The screenplay has been written by the film’s director Kateryna Gornostai. The film stars non-professional teenage actors, with whom Kateryna worked in the acting laboratory in the fall of 2019. Starring Maria Fedorchenko, Arseniy Markov, Yana Isaenko, Oleksandr Ivanov. Cinematography by Oleksandr Roshchyn, production design by Maxym Nimenko, music composing by Maryana Klochko, editing by Nikon Romanchenko and Kateryna Gornostai.
“STOP-ZEMLIA” is a Ukrainian production by ESSE Production House, with the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency and the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation. The international promotion of the film has been supported by the Ukrainian Institute. The film is produced by Vitalii Sheremetiev, Vika Khomenko, Natalia Libet, Olga Beskhmelnytsina.
The film’s development started in the fall of 2016, and its principal photography took place in Kyiv and Kyiv region in 2020.
To attract an international audience, “STOP-ZEMLIA”, at the stage of development and production, was presented in the international markets, where it received several prizes and awards, namely: the industrial section of Odessa IFF 2020 (Special Jury Award), Connecting Cottbus cocoWIP 2020, KVIFF Eastern Promises of the Karlovy Vary IFF 2020; Riga IFF Forum: Children’s & youth film project pitching session 2018, East-West Talent Lab @ GoEast Film Festival 2018, New Horizons Studio + @ New Horizons International Film Festival 2018 (the New Horizons Association & London Film Academy Main Award), Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Co-Production Market 2017, Connecting Cottbus cocoPITCH 2017 (Best Pitch and Producer’s Network Awards), industrial section of Odessa IFF 2017 (Award for Best Pitch).
Moreover, in September 2020 “STOP-ZEMLIA” took part in the First Cut Lab in Ukraine organized by the Film Industry Association of Ukraine with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, during which they worked with experts in international sales and film distribution as well as editing consultants.
The film will be released in Ukrainian cinemas in the fall 2021.