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by Cyprien Clément-Delmas, Igor Kosenko


Artiom is 18 years old and has just one wish: to go to war and fight for his homeland, Ukraine. Everything else comes second. He dresses in camouflage, watches war videos online, and in his free time practices battle scenes with his friends. Or at least they think they are battle scenes. As a child, he only sees the surface of the war. And he has the bad luck that the fighting rages so tantalizingly close. This observational documentary is a fascinating study of the cult of war in a post-Soviet setting where those who succumb to the allure of battle are the least suitable and least predisposed to fighting – a fact perfectly illustrated by Artiom’s final struggle with the reality of war.

international title: Boy of War
original title: Boy of War
country: Czech Republic, Germany
year: 2018
genre: documentary
directed by: Cyprien Clément-Delmas, Igor Kosenko
film run: 79'
screenplay: Cyprien Clément-Delmas, Igor Kosenko
cinematography by: Ivan Castiñeiras
film editing: Martin Reimers, Oscar Loeser
producer: Fabian Driehorst, Veronika Kührová
production: Fabian&Fred, Analog Vision
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