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2022 / 85' / Ukraine, Slovakia

A famous Soviet cinematographer Leonid Burlaka, who worked at Odesa Film Studio since the mid-1960s, suddenly gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. At the same time Igor, his grandson, and emerging Ukrainian DoP, accidentally finds a heavily damaged grandpa’s photo archive: shots made by Leonid who was making a career during the 'Khrushchev Thaw’. Ihor realises that actually, he knows very little about the grandpa and his youth, so he starts the journey to shed light on Leonid’s life. Ihor rethinks the impact of the Soviet cinema machine on his family and country in general and finds the threads connecting him to his grandfather. Yet the time is running out: soon Leonid will not recognise his grandson.




Igor Ivanko is a Ukrainian director and producer of documentaries, and a cinematographer of both features and documentaries. He was born in Odesa in 1992. Since 2014 he’s a member of the Babylon’13 documentary filmmakers group which highlights the events of the Maidan uprising and the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war. He graduated from the Karpenko-Karyi Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. Also, he has participated in the Ex-Oriente Film Workshop and the Dok Incubator Workshop (Institute of Documentary Film), Czech Republic.

Selected filmography

  • Fragile Memory (2022),

  • One Day in Ukraine (2022),

  • Scar (2015),

  • Say ‘Popcorn’ (2013)


Producer: Alexandra Bratyshchenko, Mariia Ponomarova, Igor Ivanko, Peter Kerekes [SK]

DOP: Leonid Burlaka, Igor Ivanko, Illia Ehorov

Composer: Mykyta Moiseiev, Marek Piacek

Production: Burlaka Films [UA], #BABYLON`13 [UA], Peter Kerekes Film [SK]

Sales agent: filmdelights


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