Why did Chornobyl power plant explode and who is to blame for this? – these questions bothered Ukrainian artist Fedir Oleksandrovych. American director Chad Gracia decided to shoot the film “Russian Woodpecker” about Fedir’s efforts to find out the truth about those events. In the film Gracia combined several plot lines: Chornobyl disaster, family tragedy, Maidan and personality of the artist.
Gracia’s first movie “Russian Woodpecker” won in the nomination “Best foreign documentary” at the American film festival “Sundance”.
Ukrainian premier of the movie took place on January 28.
In winter 2015 Gracia’s movie was named best documentary at the American festival of independent movie “Sundance”.
The film is in the long-list of Oscar-nominees in the category “Best documentary of the year” and nominated for the famous film award Independent Spirit Awards in the same category, which will announce its winners on February 27, 2016.
European premier of “Russian Woodpecker” about Chornobyl took place in May 2015 at New Urbanism Film Festival “86”.