When a talented musician just out of rehab meets a young beauty about to leave the country, the two try to break free of their roots in this tough, honest, effective love story set in post-revolution Ukraine.
"An arrestingly well-shot debut that, through a beautifully performed love story, brings a fresh perspective on contemporary Ukraine." Jessica Kiang - Variety
The heart of Marina Stepanska's debut seems to be a simple post-revolution love story that takes place in a small Ukrainian town. However, the film deals with addiction, with love, with a rapidly changing country, and with getting back up again. Magnetic Anton (Andriy Seletskiy), a talented musician, has finished his treatment at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic. His overprotective grandfather (Oleg Mosijchuk), a self-made man raised in the Soviet era, picks Anton up at the clinic and they drive to their home in the countryside. Anton, however, is young and restless and wants to test his newfound willpower and finds himself at his old hangouts with all the familiar temptations; having grown up in this town, he thinks he knows them all. Fortunately for him, he meets Katya (Dasha Plahtiy), a young beauty about to leave the country with her German boyfriend. It was director Stepanska's intention to make a film that would represent normal, everyday people who have to deal with their quickly changing world. The characters in Falling live life in the moment, our two young leads people who happen to meet at a crucial time in their existence. As others try to break free of roots, they, like grandfather, try to hold on to the little that is familiar of new love and their own patch of earth.
Marina Stepanska was uninspired by the opportunities available for Ukrainian filmmakers in the early 2000s, which were limited to music videos and television series direction, both of which she considers inauthentic. Because of this, she began a school theater and studied methods of incorporating amateur actors on-screen to portray more genuine emotions. Her first feature, Falling is based on her own life experiences in Kiev, and while directing, her style emphasized the construction of a real life with no decorative elements.
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- Original Language Title: Strimholov
- Director: Marina Stepanska
- Principal Cast: Andriy Seletskiy, Dasha Plahtiy, Oleg Mosiychuk, Christian Boris
- Premiere Status: North American
- Country: Ukraine, Italy
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 105 minutes
- Producer: Volodymyr Filippov, Olena Yershova, Alla Ovsiannikova
- Screenplay: Marina Stepanska
- Cinematographers: Sebastian Thaler
- Editors: Boris Peter
- Music: Mykyta Moiseiev
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: Ukrainian
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: TVCO