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by Marysia Nikitiuk


The story of a five year old little rebellious girl Vitka with her teenage cousin Larysa and her boyfriend, the young criminal Scar unfolds in a Ukrainian provincial setting. Larysa finds herself at a crossroads after the death of her father. Yearning to be self made, the village community ostracizes her for loving Scar. Larysa discovers her grandmother once sacrificed her love for a young gypsy abandoning him for traditional values and other people's opinions. Larysa's mother is too psychologically weak to support her daughter. Larysa and Scar plan to escape from a life of crime, misery and their relatives. But are they ready to pay the full price for freedom?

international title: When the Trees Fall
original title: Koly padayut dereva
country: Ukraine, Poland, North Macedonia
sales agent: Latido Films
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Marysia Nikitiuk
film run: 88'
screenplay: Marysia Nikitiuk
cast: Eugen Grigoriev, Alla Samoilenko, Anastasiia Pustovit, Maksym Samchik, Aelita Nazarenko, Petro Pastuhov, Mariia Svizhynska, Vadym Kovaliov, Maria Trepikova, Sofia Halaimova
cinematography by: Michał Englert
film editing: Ivan Bannikov, Blazhe Dulev, Milenia Fiedler
art director: Vlad Dudko
costumes designer: Kostyntyn Kravets
music: Nikita Moiseev
producer: Volodymyr Filippov, Roman Klympush, Serge Lavrenyuk, Igor Savychenko
co-producer: Darko Baseski, Dariusz Jabloński, Violetta Kaminska, Izabela Wójcik
production: Solar Media Entertainment, Directory Films, Fokus In, Message Film

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