“You can’t understand everything in my movie if you’re not from Ukraine,” says director Mykyta Lyskov of his short film, Kohannia (2019). That might be the understatement of the year.
Kohannia, which roughly translates to Deep Love, jumps from one surreal situation to another, tied together only by plastic bags, which are apparently a bit of a problem in Ukraine. Here is Lyskov’s official description of the film: “The place of this animated short is the city Dnipro. Partly a documentary, through the prism of absurdity and black humor, the film tells the story about a big city during historical changes and decommunization.”
Despite the location-specific context of the film, it has resonated with audiences outside of the country, winning numerous major prizes at DOK Leipzig (Germany), PÖFF Shorts (Estonia), Animocje (Poland), and Turku (Finland). It has also made waves inside of Ukraine, taking honors at the Kyiv Int’l Film Festival, Kinoshok, and Linoleum, among other festivals.