The Stop-Zemlia film by Ukrainian director Kateryna Gornostai won the Crystal Bear award at the 71st Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival.
According to the State Film Agency, the film was recognized as the Best Feature Film in the Berlinale Generation 14 plus program, the winners of which are determined by the Youth Jury of this competition program. This is one of the most important awards of the festival, which is the first for a Ukrainian film in this category.
"The film convincingly covers a variety of important topics which appeal to us as young people. Platonic love, queerness, solidarity, and psychological stress reinforce the effect of the film as an authentic coming-of-age story. By virtue of creative visualisation techniques, it becomes clear in an artistic manner how our generation dreams, feels, and experiences life. The message is conveyed that it is part of life to face certain fears in order to be able to enjoy the most exciting years of youth," the Youth Jury stated.
The roles in the film were played by non-professional teenage actors: Maria Fedorchenko, Arseniy Markov, Yana Isaenko, Oleksander Ivanov.
A cinematic release of the film in Ukraine is planned for the second half of 2021.
As it was reported earlier, the 72nd Berlinale Film Festival announced the winners. Due to the pandemic, the festival was held online. In June, the second stage of the review will be held for spectators as well as a solemn ceremony of awarding the winners.