Cinema in the Shadow of Empire: REFLECTION (2021)


Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

About the Film

Directed by Valentyn Vasyanovych
Official Selection of the 2021 Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival
Not Rated
126 minutes

Ukrainian surgeon Serhiy is captured by the Russian military forces in the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine and while in captivity, he is exposed to horrifying scenes of humiliation, violence and indifference towards human life. After his release, he returns to his comfortable middle-class apartment and tries to find a purpose in life by rebuilding his relationship with his daughter and ex-wife. He learns how to be a human being again, how to be a father and help his daughter, who needs his love and support.

About the Director

Valentyn Vasyanovych is a director, producerand DOP. He was born in 1971 in Zhytomyr,Ukraine. He graduated from the Karpenko-Kary National University of Theatre, Film and TV as a cinematographer in 1995 and a documentary filmmaker in 2000. In 2007, he finished his studies at the Wajda School in Poland. In 2012, he made his debut feature film Business As Usual (Odesa International Film Festival, Special Jury Mention, FICC award). In 2014, Valentyn Vasyanovych produced and photographed The Tribe by Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi. In 2019, the feature anti-utopia film Atlantis won the Best Film Award in Orizzonti at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, and a large number of prizes and awards around the world.


Film screenings are free, but tickets are required. Contact the DeBartolo Performing Arts ticket office at 574-631-2800 or order tickets online.


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