The festival will open with a virtually unknown Ukrainian masterpiece from 1929, banned by the Soviets for over 50 years. Brilliantly satirical, The Self-Seekerwas rediscovered in the archives of Gosfilmofund in Moscow, and restored by the Dovzhenko Film Studios in Kyiv in 2012. The 1920s were an experimental time for filmmaking in Ukraine, often avant garde, with notable other films being Dovzhenko's Arsenal (1928)and Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera (1929).
The 2022 documentary Fragile Memory, is a stirring and personal portrait of a famous Soviet cameraman (grandfather of the director ) now suffering from Alzheimer's, and looks back on 50 years of the Odesa Film Studios and Soviet filmmaking.
Nariman Aliev's 2019 directorial debut Homeward, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section in the Cannes Film Festival. A powerful film about a Crimean Tatar family transporting their deceased eldest son, an early casualty of the Russian invasion, back from Kyiv to bury him in Crimea.