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Reflection (2021 film)

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Directed byValentyn Vasyanovych
Produced by
  • Valentyn Vasyanovych
  • Iya Myslyts'ka
  • Volodymyr Yatsenko
  • Anna Sobolevska
Written byValentyn Vasyanovych
  • Roman Lutskyi [uk]
  • Nika Myslyts'ka
  • Nadiya Levchenko
  • Andriy Rymaruk
  • Ihor Shulha
CinematographyValentyn Vasyanovych
Arsenal Films (Ukraine)
Limelite / ForeFilms (Ukr.)
Distributed byNew Europe Film (world)
Arthouse Traffic (Ukraine)
Release date
7 September 2021 (Venice)
TBA 2022 (Ukraine)
Running time
2 hrs 5 min
Budget₴31.3 mil. UAH (€1 mil EUR)

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Reflection (Ukrainian: Відблиск) is a 2021 Ukrainain drama film directed by Valentyn Vasyanovych.

Its world premiere will take place on September 7, 2021 at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, where it was selected to compete for the Golden Lion.[1][2][3][4] It is scheduled to have a wide theatrical release in Ukraine in 2022.


The film centers on Serhiy, a Ukrainian military surgeon who is captured in 2014 during one of the battles at the Russo-Ukrainian War in Eastern Ukraine. During his time as the prisoner of war, Serhiy witnesses terrifying scenes of torture, rape and various other examples of dehumanizing behaviour towards POVs. Soon after, as a part of a prison swap between Russia and Ukraine, Serhiy gets released from captivity and returns to his pre-war normal day-to-day life only to discover that the horrors that he witnessed as a prisoner are still haunting him. To help fight his post-war PTSD Serhiy decides to try and fix his relationships with his his ex-wife and his estranded 12 year old daugheter Nina who is sufferring from a recent loss of a close person at the war. As Serhiy spends more time with Nina and tries to help her move on from the loss of a loved one, he gradually starts to confront his own post-traumatic fears and anxieties.[5][6]

Production crew[edit]

  • Director: Valentyn Vasyanovych
  • Writer: Valentyn Vasyanovych
  • Cinematographer: Valentyn Vasyanovych
  • Editor: Valentyn Vasyanovych
  • Producers: Valentyn Vasyanovych, Iya Myslyts'ka, Volodymyr Yatsenko, Anna Sobolevska
  • Production designer: Vladlen Odudenko
  • Sound director: Serhiy Stepanksyi
  • Costume designer: Olena Hermanenko
  • Make-up: Hanna Lukashenko
  • Camera man: Yuriy Dunay
  • Casting: Tetiana Symon


  • Roman Lutskyi [uk] - Serhiy
  • Nika Myslyts'ka - Polina
  • Nadiya Levchenko - Olha
  • Andriy Rymaruk - Andriy
  • Oleksandr Danyliuk - Surgeon
  • Andrii Senchuk - Psychologist
  • Ihor Shulha - Chief of the Prison
  • Dmytro Sova - tortured Ukrainian prisoner
  • Stanislav Aseyev - Russian FSB officer


Film project Reflection won during the 11th pitching of Ukrainian State Film Agency; ₴25. mil. UAH of state funding was awarded, which represents 80% of the total budget of ₴31.3 mil. UAH (€1 mil EUR).[7][8][9]


Refleciton's was produced by Valentyn Vasyanovych / Iya Myslyts'ka (Arsenal Films) and Volodymyr Yatsenko / Anna Sobolevska (Limelite/ForeFilms). Pre-production prepeartions for the movie took place in May 2020.[10] Filming began in early summer of 2020 and ended in January of 2021. In July 2021 film producers announced that they are already finishing the post-produciton and starting editing the film.[11]

Unlike Vasyanovych's previous feature film, Atlantis (2019) where most of the actors were the actual veterans of Russo-Ukrainian War, in Refleciton most of the involved actors were professional.[12][13] However, to ensure a realistic depiciton of the Russo-Ukrainian War, Vasyanovych heavily relied on military consultants, who have gone through Russo-Ukrainian War; one of the more well known of the film's consultants was Stanislav Aseyev, who himself spent more than two years as a Russian prisoner of war in 2017-2019.[14]


In January-February 2020 film project Reflection was presented at the co-prduction film market at «Berlinale Film Festival».[15][16][17]

In early July 2021 it was announched that film distribution company New Europe Film Sales picked up international distribution rights for Reflection.[18][19][6] That same month, in July 2021, it was also announced that film distribution company Arthouse Traffic picked up Ukrainian distribution rights.

In late July 2021 one of film's producers, Volodymyr Yatsenko, stated that there is currently a competition that's taking place between the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival for the right to be the venue of Reflection's world premier;[20] ultimately the latter won and consequently film's world premiere will take place on September 7, 2021 at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, where it was selected to compete for the Golden Lion.[1][2][3][4][21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result
Venice Film Festival[1] 7 September 2021 Golden Lion Valentyn Vasyanovych Pending


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Roxborough, Scott (26 July 2021). "Venice Film Festival 2021 Full Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Venezia 78 Competition 2021. labiennale.org/en/. 2021
  3. 3.0 3.1 Vidblysk / Reflection (2021). labiennale.org/en/. 2021
  4. 4.0 4.1 Світові прем'єри нових фільмів Валентина Васяновича та Олега Сенцова відбудуться на Венеційському кінофестивалі. usfa.gov.ua. July 26, 2021 (in Ukrainian)
  5. Reflection. dzygamdb.com/uk/. 2021 (in Ukrainian)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Reflection / Відблиск (2021). neweuropefilmsales.com. 2021
  7. Чорнобиль, Гамлет і підліткові труднощі. П'ятий день 11-го пітчингу Держкіно. detector.media. 29 липня 2019 (in Ukrainian)
  8. Названо переможців 11-го пітчингу Держкіно (ПОВНИЙ ПЕРЕЛІК). detector.media. 8 серпня 2019 (in Ukrainian)
  9. Заявка на участь у конкурсному відборі (пітчингу): Відблиск. dergkino.gov.ua. 2019 (in Ukrainian)
  10. «Точка нуль», «Відблиск», «Їх було двоє» і «Вовченята». Новини контенту. mbr.com.ua/uk/. 22 травня 2020
  11. Кінозал: Тріумф фільму «Атлантида» й робота над новою стрічкою «Відблиск» — Валентин Васянович. UA: Українське радіо. 2 липня 2021 (mp3) (in Ukrainian)
  12. Венеція: українське вторгнення. Наш кінематограф буде представлений на безпрецедентному рівні на найстарішому кінофестивалі світу. day.kyiv.ua/uk/. 2021 (in Ukrainian)
  13. Режисер «Атлантиди» Валентин Васянович: «Мій фільм треба дивитися на великому екрані». lb.ua. 3 грудня 2020 (in Ukrainian)
  14. «Війна — найпотужніша тема». Васянович пояснив, чому вирішив присвятити свій новий фільм конфлікту на Донбасі. nv.ua/ukr/. 27 липня 2021 (in Ukrainian)
  15. «Відблиск» Валентина Васяновича відібрали до копродукційного маркету в рамках «Берлінале». detector.media. 20 лютого 2020 (In Ukrainian)
  16. «Відблиск» Валентина Васяновича відібрали до проєктів Berlinale Co-production Market. telekritika.ua/uk/. 20.02.2020 (In Ukrainian)
  17. Berlinale Co-Production Market Brings 36 International Feature Film Projects Into Play. berlinale.de/en/. 15 січня 2020
  18. Європейський дистриб'ютор придбав права на «Відблиск» Васяновича.m detector.media. 9 липня 2021
  19. "New Europe Picks Up 'Reflection' By Venice Horizons Winner Valentyn Vasyanovych (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  20. «Наша мета – створити бренд українського кіна». Розмова з Володимиром Яценком про щастя і прокляття професії кінопродюсера. day.kyiv.ua/uk/. 23 липня 2021 (in Ukrainian)
  21. Ганна Мамонова. «Відблиск» Валентина Васяновича бере участь у конкурсній програмі Венеційського фестивалю. suspilne.media. 26 липня 2021

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Category:2021 films Category:2021 drama films Category:Ukrainian films Category:Ukrainian drama films Category:Ukrainian-language films

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