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We're delighted to welcome lead actress Solomiya Kyrylova to the screening on 6 November for an introduction and Q&A.

"From the ruins of Ukraine – and the expectation that all films made there must now somehow deal with the conflict – blazes the brightest of cinematic talents with Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk making a stop-in-your-tracks debut at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes." - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International

Pamfir is a barnstorming debut from Ukrainian filmmaker Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk with a powerhouse performance from Oleksandr Yatsentyuk as the eponymous hero. Part drama, part thriller, the story follows Pamfir as he returns to his family after a long absence, ready to celebrate the traditional carnival in their home village the following day. But when his son starts a fire in the prayer house, Pamfir has no other choice but to reconnect with his troubled past. He returns to work for a shady crime syndicate operating a risky smuggling venture, with irreversible consequences.

The screenings of Pamfir at LIFF 2022 are part of the UK/Ukraine season, a new programme of cultural activity to support the Ukrainian cultural sector, produced by the British Council and Ukrainian Institute. We are also screening Brief Encounters in Official Selection and The Hamlet Syndrome in Cinema Versa.