DOMAŠNI IHRY

Date: 23 January 2023 (ended)
Time: 17:00
Category: Film
Section: WILD ROSES: WOMEN FILMMAKERS IN EUROPE. FOCUS ON UKRAINE.
FESTIVAL PASS TRIESTE and/or MYMOVIES

DOMAŠNI IHRY


(Home Games)
Alisa Kovalenko

Ucraina – Francia – Polonia / Ukraine – France – Poland
2018, HD, col., 86’
v.o. russa – ucraina / Russian – Ukrainian o.v.

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Alisa Kovalenko. Fotografia / Photography: Serhij Stecenko, Alisa Kovalenko. Montaggio / Editing: Ol’ha Žurba. Musica / Music: Orianne Marsilli aka Ladylike Lily. Suono / Sound: Marija Nesterenko. Produzione / Produced by: East Roads Films, Studio Garmata Film, DocEdu Foundation, Telewizja Polska. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Ukraine State Film Agency, IDFA Bertha Fund, Current Time TV, Telewizja Polska, The Guardian. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Syndicado.

ITALIAN PREMIERE

A season in the life of Alina, a poor 20-year-old girl from Kyiv who has a chance to be saved by football, but must also rescue her young siblings. A hard look at the reality of broken homes and strong women. The film premiered at the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest.

“Today, in Ukraine, only 200 girls play football professionally. The conditions are basic, not to say harsh. I know this subculture well because my cousin played in the very last USSR women’s national team. I was always fascinated by those women, so strong on the pitch, especially I found out what they’ve been through in their lives. I decided to follow a girl, Alina, who could have been my cousin, 25 years ago… But Home Games is not just a film about football, it’s a film about offsides, when life starts to play tricks on you. It’s a story about the identity construction of a young girl on the edge of adulthood. The main conflict line of my hero, Alina, is universal: remain faithful to your family or emancipate yourself from an heritage of poverty.” (A. Kovalenko)

Alisa Kovalenko
Alisa Kovalenko is an award-winning Ukrainian director, born in Zaporizhia, Ukraine, in 1987. She first studied journalism and then graduated the Karpenko-Karyi theatre & cinema university of Kyiv, specializing in documentary cinema. Alisa also studied at the Andrzej Wajda cinema school in Warsaw, under the guidance of Marcel Lozinsky, one of the masters of the Polish documentary cinema. Home Games was one of the selected projects at Last Stop Trieste in 2018.

filmografia scelta / selected filmography
2014
Sestra Zo (Sister Zo) doc. 2015 Alisa v kraïni vijny (Alisa in Warland) doc. 2018 Domašni ihry (Home Games) doc.; Premi / Awards: Odesa IFF – Miglior documentario europeo / Best European documentary; Listapad Minsk IFF – Gran Prix come miglior documentario / Grand Prix of the Best documentary