As It Was

2023 15 min.

Directors | Anastasiia Solonevych, Damian Kocur
Script | Anastasiia Solonevych, Damian Kocur
Operator | Damian Kocur
Editing | Damian Kocur
Sound designers | Tadeusz Chudy, Lukasz Kaczmarski
Main cast | Valeriia Berezovska, Kyrylo Zemlyanyi, Olena Korohod, Sofiia Berezovska
Producer | Piotr Steczek
Production company | Exa Studio

Lera has been living in Berlin for almost a year since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. One day she decides to go back to Kyiv. On her way, she finds out that her family is not in Kyiv and will arrive only the next day. She meets her friend Kyrylo, with whom she spends the day.


About the directors:

Anastasia Solonevych is a debut director from Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2020, she graduated from the department of Film and Television Directing at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. As a director, Anastasia has made music videos, one of which won the music video section at the International Prague Film Festival in 2022. Since 2017, she has been working as a 1st AD, as well as in other positions in commercials, feature films and TV series. Director and cinematographer. A graduate of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice and a PhD student at the Film School in Łódź. He is the author of the internationally awarded feature debut “Bread and Salt” (awarded, among others, at festivals in Venice, Cairo, Cottbus, Antalya, Gijon, Bratislava and Gdynia) and several shorts. As a filmmaker, he keeps track of the credibility of emotions on the screen, and considers the authenticity of the characters and their stories to be his most important goal.