Ice of Chernobyl: Movie about exclusion zone through eyes of stalkers presented in Kyiv

Source : 112 Ukraine

Short movie Ice of Chernobyl was presented in Kyiv. This film about stalkers who despite danger are not afraid to illegally visit the exclusion zone
18:48, 8 November 2019

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The film Ice of Chernobyl premiered in Germany and received approving reviews.  According to the authors, the picture should dispel public stereotypes about stalkers and find out why these people are so attracted to the exclusion zone. 

ZIK agency reported about this project. 

“The idea to make such a picture appeared long ago after I dreamed about Chernobyl.  They started shooting it 4 years ago.  They made everything quickly - in 12 days. The film answers the question of why tourists go there illegally (they call themselves stalkers).  Why are they drawn there repeatedly?  It’s not just that they’ve gone once, why they’re constantly drawn to it,” film director Maryna Dymshitc said.

The main characters are stalkers. This is the first film about Chernobyl without a context of global catastrophe. These people are trying to imagine the exclusion zone as it is now.

Among the guests of the Kyiv premiere were the stalkers themselves.  One of the heroes of the tape is Oleh Shytov.  He first visited the exclusion zone five years ago.  The man has made 34 such extreme trips.

“I am the person who organized everything that you see in the film and a lot that did not get there. I mean the preparation of the film crew - how and where we will sleep, organize the transition to the zone itself, and keep everyone safe.  After all, the Chernobyl zone is a fearless place, but a dangerous one,” Oleh Shytov said.

The creators were able to post the movie on the Amazon platform.  Negotiations are underway so that the movie can be seen on television.

Related: Don’t worry, Ukraine has Chernobyl under control

As we reported earlier, 107 thousand tourists have already visited Chernobyl Exclusion Zone since the beginning of 2019. This was reported by the press service of the State Agency of Ukraine for the management of the exclusion zone.

Reportedly, traffic growth has begun this spring. The number of tourists has increased due to simplification of the clearance procedure, namely the introduction of an electronic pass, the creation of additional infrastructure and increased interest in Chornobyl after the release of HBO’s mini-series "Chernobyl".

Related: Three new Ukrainian films to be shown at Netherlands Film Festival

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