Set amidst stunning Ukrainian winter landscapes, vanishing villages and emerging feeling of alienation between people in a post-Soviet society, Stepne is a story of a mature man who comes back home from the city to take care of his dying mother. The mother’s passing, together with a meeting with his brother and a woman he loves make him reflect on the life he’s had and choices he’s made along the way. And then, just before her death, the mother tells Anatoly about a treasure she has buried inside the shed…
director: Maryna Vroda
writer: Maryna Vroda, Kirill Shuvalov
production: Vroda Studio
co-production: Koi Studio
international sales agent: New Europe Film Sales
The film had its premiere at Locarno Film Festival in 2023.