Written, directed, shot, and produced by polymath auteur Valentyn Vasyanovich, Atlantis is one of the most vital and tragically relevant films in recent Ukrainian history. Consisting of only 28 mostly static shots and with a non-professional cast of veterans and volunteers, this near-future dystopia imagines eastern Ukraine in 2025, liberated from Russian occupiers but left desolate and uninhabitable. Sergiy (Andriy Rymaruk) is a traumatised former soldier who finds a new lease of life when he meets Katya (Liudmyla Bileka), an archaeologist working to exhume and identify the war dead. Shot in the city of Mariupol, since devastated by Russian forces, this austere, harrowing, but still hopeful document of life in the ruins of war confirms Vasyanovich’s place at the forefront of contemporary Ukrainian film.
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