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: Teenage drama, Romance
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, Full HD
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
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 and Best Acting Work Award
Karlovy Vary IFF, Czech Republic



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