Marina Stepanska was born in Kyiv, where she studied film, graduating in 2004. Her early career was spent in television and also at the city’s noted experimental theatre, School. She has collaborated with Russian auteur Ilya Khrzhanovsky and with Dogme 95 veteran Valdis Oskarsdottìr. Her feature documentary Cinematographer was made for the prestigious French film school La Fémis. Falling is her feature fiction debut.