Will you survive if nobody loves you?

"full of life and empathy"
"a promising gem of a debut"

"it retains a vital and painful force, which manages to manifest itself in the coexistence of pain and amazement, freedom and fear, through the face and interpretation of a remarkable Alina Cheban, a real revelation"

"Buryachkova addresses adolescence with stark honesty. She avoids romantic idealization, instead presenting it as a nuanced and intricate stage of personal development, especially in the post-Soviet landscape following communism's fall."

"a hymn to a people’s will to live"
"There is a magical oddity in this film, which bursts from every scene."


After transferring from a downtown high school, Tonia joins a new badass gang of youngsters, trying to find protection and a place she truly belongs. They spend time together, roaming around Kyiv's post-socialist suburbs, having fun and getting in trouble. Soon, Tonia falls in love with Zhurik, whilst also longing for Sania and finds herself tangled up in an alluring secret love triangle. But Tonia's abusive past still haunts her, challenging this newfound friendship and romance. Will she be able to find her own pass or lose herself in this new controversial relationship?
Set in the late 90s Kyiv, this is a story of the young and rebellious amid the ruins of the Soviet regime. Those who had to grow up faster due to the circumstances but got lost in the adult world. A story of which we need constant reminding, as some things only exist at the moment, while others last forever.

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Director: Anna Buryachkova
Genre: Youth, High School
Tags: Rebellion, 90ies, Emancipation, Love Triangle, Friendship, High School
Original title: Nazavzhdy-Nazavzhdy
English title: Forever-Forever
Country of production: Ukraine, The Netherlands
Year of production: 2023
Length: 107
Color: Color
Shooting format: 4K
Screening format: DCP 2K
Original language: Ukrainian
Subtitles: English

Cast: Alina Cheban, Zachary Shadrin, Arthur Aliiev, Yelyzaveta Tsilyk, Daria Zhykharska
Scriptwriter: Marina Stepanska and Anna Buryachkova
Director of photography: Lena Chekhovska
Production designer: Oleksandra Patoka
Editor: Yurii Reznichenko
Sound design: Mykhailo Zakutskyi, Lode Woltersom, Jaim Sahuleka
Sound mixing: Jaim Sahuleka
Music: Lika Bugaeva
Producers: Natalia Libet, Vitalii Sheremetiev, Oleksii Zgonik, Lyuba Knorozok
Co-producers: Rinskje Raap, Reinier Selen
Production company: Digital Religion (DGTL RLGN) LLC
Co-production company: Rinkel Film
Supported by: Ukrainian State Film Agency, Netherlands Film Fund, The Brussel-Capital Region

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Festivals / Awards

Venice Film Festival, Italy - Orizzonti Extra Competition
Molodist, Ukraine - National Competition
Cineast, Luxembourg
Free Zone Film Festival, Serbia
PÖFF Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia
Filmfestival Cottbus, Germany - Feature Film Competition - Main Prize for Best Film
Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany
Tromsø International Film Festival, Norway
Mittel Punkt Europa, Germany
Febiofest, Slovakia
Vilnius International Film Festival Kino pavasaris, Lithuania
Manchester Film Festival, UK
Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria
Cleveland International Film Festival, USA
Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey - International CompetitionGolden Tulip Best FilmFIPRESCI Awards
June Film Fest, Slovakia
Sarajevo Youth Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina
European Film Festival Palic, Serbia
Burgas International Film Festival, Bulgaria


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