Stop - Zemlia


if you don´t dare, you will never know

A truly immersive film.
A convincing world of high-school troubles,
pains and joys, but also darkly sensitive moments.


A sympathetic portrait of the tidal forces of teenagehood.
The Playlist

A tender reminder of the uncertainty of youth as it begins to give way to
adulthood and independence.

The Up Coming


Navigating the emotional turmoil of waiting for life to begin while hanging around with classmates – a radical, authentic, and sensitive insight into the unsettling feeling of being young and an inside perspective on Ukrainian youth.

The 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 in a way that forces her out of her confort zone. From a debutant Ukrainian director Kateryna Gornostai, a deeply personal story about self-discovery and the patience it requires.

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Director: Kateryna Gornostai
Genre: Drama, Coming-of-Age - Teenage Drama, LGBTQIA+, High School, First Love, Awakening, Friendship
Original title: STOP-ZEMLIA
English title: STOP-ZEMLIA
Country of production: Ukraine
Year of production: 2021
Length: 122
Color: color
Shooting format: 2K ARRI Alexa
Screening format: DCP
Original language: Ukrainian

Subtitles: English
Cast: Maria Fedorchenko, Arsenii Markov, Yana Isaienko, Oleksandr Ivanov
Scriptwriter: Kateryna Gornostai
Director of photography: Oleksandr Roshchyn
Production designer: Maxym Nimenko
Editor: Nikon Romanchenko, Kateryna Gornostai
Sound design: Mykhailo Zakutskyi, Oleg Goloveshkin
Music: Maryana Klochko
Producers: Vitalii Sheremetiev, Viktoriia Khomenko, Natalia Libet, Olga Beskhmelnytsina
Production company: ESSE Production House
Supported by: Ukrainian Film State Agency, Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Ukrainian Institute

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Festivals / Awards

Berlinale Generation 14Plus - Crystal Bear of the Youth Jury Generation 14+
New Directors/New Films, USA
Jeonju IFF, South Korea
Shanghai IFF, China
Cinema Jove FF, Spain
Oak Cliff FF, USA
Giffoni FF, Italy
Pula IFF, Croatia
Film Ohne Grenzen, Germany
Tulum IFF, Mexico
Orange Film, South Korea
New Horizons IFF, Poland
Beijing IFF, China
Edinburgh IFF, UK
Five Lakes FF, Germany - Main Prize Award
Odesa IFF, Ukraine - Grand Prix Award, Best Ukrainian Feature Film Award, Best Acting Work Award
Karlovy Vary IFF, Czech Republic
Nara IFF, Japan
Taipei IFF, Taiwan
Innsbruck IFF, Austria
CineEast, Luxembourg
Ukrainian FF, Germany
Queer FF Munich, Germany
Alice nella città, Italy
Riga IFF, Latvia
European FF, South Africa
Cinemagic IFF, North Ireland
Ukraine! FF, Poland
Cottbus IFF, Germany
Ukrainian Film Days in Helsinki, Finland
Thessaloniki IFF, Greece
Juniorfest, Czech Republic
Scanorama, Lituania
Free Zone Human Rights FF, Serbia
Zagreb FF, Croatia
Festival Nuovo Cinema Europa with Giffoni FF, Italy
Citizen's Association PRAVO LJUDSKI, Bosnia and Herzegovina
GaztefilmFest, Spain
Eskisehir International Film Festival, Turkey
"Vicoli Corti" Film Festival, Italy
Tromso IFF, Norway
Zinegoak - Bilbao Inter. Queer FF, Spain
Oostende FF, Belgium
WOW Wales One World Film Festival, UK
Festival Mamers en Mars, France
Reel 2 Real Film Fest, Canada
Amandus Film Festival, Norway
Sherbrooke FF, Canada
Muestra Showcase of Cineteca Nacional, Mexico
TIFF Next Wave FF, Canada
Crossing Europe, Austria
Febio Prague, Czech Republic
Mittel Punkt Europa, Germany
IFF Innsbruck, Austria
Flying Broom IWFF, Turkey
FebioFest, Czech Republic
Jeonju IFF, South Korea
New Directos / New Films Festival, Portugal
Bildrausch Film Fest Basel, Switzerland
IFF Molodist, Ukraine - Winners of the National Competition
Gender Bender FF, Italy
Helsinki IFF, Finland
Prishtina International Film Festival: OIFF beyond the borders, Kosovo
Ukrainian Film Festival London, UK
MICHEL Children’s and Youth Film Festival Hamburg, Germany
Image+nation, Canada
Polish Film Days, Norway
Cornwall FF, UK
Trieste Film Festival, Italy
Holon Cinematheque, Israel
National Taiwan University Film Festival, Taiwan
Golden Dzyga, Ukraine - Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Production Designer, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Music, Best Song, Best Special Effects, Discovery of the Year







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