Movie "Fragile Memory"



Date: 18 April 2024, 19:00 Thursday


Fragile Memory – a documentary film by Ihor Ivanko [UA]
Thursday, April 18, 2024, 7 pm
Zpace (Casa Zemstvei, 103 Al. Șciusev str., Chisinau)

Tags: Ihor Ivanko, Leonid Burlaka, Odessakaya Kinostudiya, Ukraine

The screening will be followed by a short discussion and Q&A session with the film’s director, Ihor Ivanko. The documentary is in Ukrainia and Russian with English subtitles.

Fragile Memory (85 min, 2022) is a documentary film directed by Ihor Ivanko, the grandson of the protagonist, Leonid Burlaka, a famous Soviet filmmaker. The film explores the impact of the armed conflict in Ukraine, particularly in the Donbas region. In the 1960s, Soviet filmmaker Leonid Burlaka collaborated on internationally renowned films produced by Odesskaya Kinostudiya (Odessa Film Studio, Ukraine). Decades later, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, his grandson found boxes of his grandfather’s film reels in the garage and decided to start saving and developing all this photographic material. Although many of them are damaged and in poor condition, he manages to get his grandfather to recognize many of the faces and characters these rolls of film contain, although not the story behind them.

Despite Burlaka’s poor memory, the images evoke nostalgia and an important historical archive, revealing Burlaka’s career in a period of political change marked by Soviet censorship. As a result, Ivanko creates a moving film that documents fifty years of Soviet cinema and life, offering a varied and interesting portrait of both the era and his family’s trajectory. Through personal testimonies and historical archives, the documentary examines how the war affected people, their relationships and their sense of identity. Ihor Ivanko uses moving images and interviews to illustrate the fragility of memory amidst trauma and violence.

Ihor Ivanko [UA] born in 1992 in Odessa (Ukraine), he studied theatre, film and television at Kyiv National University. Since 2014, he has been working as a cinematographer in the documentary collective BABYLON’13. He has worked in both fiction and documentary productions, filming during the Maidan protests and the Russian-Ukrainian war. This young director’s filmography also includes other interesting titles such as Ukraine’s Independence. As It Is (2023) and One Day in Ukraine (2022).

This event is organized by Oberliht Association in partnership with Burlaka Films and is hosted by Zpace / media partners: #diez,, and / technical support: CSCI din RM.




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