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Here you can find short descriptions of the films produced by Steps Studio

 

 

 


F/film  "Under the sun"

 

Philosophical manifesto that offers us a view on our life. 
Shooting of the motion picture is punctuated with a newsreel. 
The film “Under the sun” is divided into three chapters. 
1 Chapter – Belshazzar’s feast: 
Scenes shown in this chapter are even worse than Belshazzar’s feast. 
2 Chapter – Revolution: 
Authority has fired the Bickford’s fuse 
3 Chapter – War: 

The film’s visual material is a message for understanding.

Synopses

 

This epic film has three chapters "The Lawlessness", "The Revolution", "The War" and tells about the man’s destiny in Ukraine. Long time agoa legent  was  told about a wayfarer, who jumped into the well, while running away from the beast.  When he was falling down, he caught the ledge, because below him another beast was  growling:“- The abyss is above me. The abyss is below me. Where am I? How to live?”. Having woken up in a nightmare and climbed  the mountain, the man buried a bag. He joined  the revolution on the Maidan, went trough the war in Ukraine, was in captivity. 

Two years passed.

He is at home again.

He is standing on the mounain, thinking of wisdom of Solomon: “Nothing in this world lasts forever… Everything will be over...” “Nothing is over,”- the man muttered, diiging out the bag.

 

Production: Ukraine, 2016
Director: Igor Parfenov
Duration: 95 min.
Genre: social drama
Cast: Ellen Sliusarchi, Igor Parfenov, Alexsandr Yachno, Alexsandr Denisenko, Ludmila Kara-Guyar and others.
 
 
 
 


Short.f/film "Death in Notre Dame"

 

 A young mother from the Ukrainian heartland, who has been recently released from prison, wants to start a new life with her child. But the happiness of the newfound freedom does not last long. She does not know that photographs of her son have appealed to other people.

Was this story or not - will remain a mystery.

On May 21, 2013, Dominique Venner, French writer, historian and activist, committed suicide in Notre - Dame in Paris.

 

But what or who made a seasoned writer, who endured prison and revolutionary struggle, do that...

 

Production: Ukraine, 2016
Director: Igor Parfenov
Cinematographer: A. Shatohin, U. Peretyachenko, A. Koval, K. Gonchar
Duration: 20 min.
Genre: social drama
Cast:L. Ryabuhina, E. Kuskovskiy, O. Stetsenko, S. Schekin, E. Sliusarchi, I. Parfenov and others.
 
 
 
 

 


Short.f/film "On The Scales"

 

 A young mother from the Ukrainian heartland, who has been recently released from prison, wants to start a new life with her child. But the happiness of the newfound freedom does not last long. She does not know that photographs of her son have appealed to other people.

 

 

Production: Ukraine, 2016
Director: Igor Parfenov
Cinematographer: A. Shatohin, U. Peretyachenko, A. Koval, K. Gonchar
Duration: 15 min.
Genre: social drama
Cast:L. Ryabuhina, E. Kuskovskiy, O. Stetsenko, S. Schekin, E. Sliusarchi, I. Parfenov and others.
 
 

 

F/film "Once upon a time in Ukraine."

                                               The war.

       

 

 

An epic drama about events in Maidan and the war in Ukraine.

Maidan’s shooting bothers an ex-activist – his friend was killed. Looking for the guilty he was captured with his friend by Field Commander “Ideologist” who has occupied the part of Ukraine and established his own rules there, lynches and does not obey the law. Hostages were taken as prisoners by the family of three brother-terrorists, who were trying to exchange them during 6 days. Otherwise they will be killed. But the sequence of the conflicts is tearing up the militant’s family inside. 

 

Production: Ukraine, 2015
Director: Igor Parfenov
Duration: 100 min.
Genre: social drama
Cast: Ellen Sliusarchi, Igor Parfenov, Vladimir Antonov, Pavel Eliseev, Anna Ugreninova and others.

 
 

 

Short.f\film "Valentine's Day"

 

 They have been waiting for the Valentine’s Day for the whole year. And here it is. But no one can even suppose that when the gifts are finished – everybody leaves to his own devices again. This is a story which tells that sometimes the bureaucracy is only the justification for the human’s indifference and the 'charity game', and the lonely invalids are the reason for the disgust and the contempt

 

Production: Ukraine, 2015
Director: Igor Parfenov

Duration: 6 min.
Genre: social drama
Cast: Pavel Eliseev, Anna Ugreninova, Anna Kulik and others.

 


Short.f\film "Joke"

 

The wild beach near the ocean. Three young peers have a good time peeping at games of loving couples.The strict father forbids his daughter to get involved in this hobby, but the trio did not give up and decided to punish the old-fashioned father, played a cruel joke on him ...

 

Production: Ukraine, Portugal 2015
Director: Igor Parfenov

CinematographerPedro Farate

Music: Jouquim Pavao

Duration: 8 min.
Genre: social drama

Cast:  Ellen Slussarchi, Masahito Ishii, Igor Parfenov, Polina Kolkova, Martin Lloyd, Luis Pacheco

 

 

 

 

Short.f\film "Weeping"

 

The die is cast against them. They are both handicapped child. They love each other and want to get married. But the family breaks their relations. There is no way out. But it’s not the last blow that causes life. The worst is yet to come.

 

Production: Ukraine, 2015
Director: Igor Parfenov 

Duration: 6 min.
Genre: social drama
Cast: Pavel Eliseev, Anna Ugreninova and others.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

F/film "Once Upon a Time in Ukraine."

                                       The Revolution.

A bus is going to Kiev from Crimean village. We hear the bells of the church. It is the last chance for Nina to find the truth and be saved from the local werewolves in police uniform by joining the revolution. She has been raped, her friend has been killed. Euromaidan gives to the heroine support of new friends, each of them has his own story, his own truth, his own pain.

But Nina remains a dangerous witness and cops (killers, provocateurs) come for her to Maidan not only to destroy Nina, but also to discredit peaceful demonstrators with blood.

 

Production: Ukraine, 2015
Director: Igor Parfenov
Duration: 100 min.
Genre: social drama
Cast: Ellen Sliusarchi, Igor Parfenov, Alexsandr Yachno, Alexsandr Zygulya, Artem Ragra, Roman Zhirov and others.
 
 

F/film “Nonconformity»

 

Nonconformity is a multilayered epos based on the works by L. Tolstoy,  A.Chekhov.

The action is shifted to our reality. The spotlight of the story is a withdrawn existence of mountain village inhabitants. Fyodor Lykov is a butcher, a man with the past. But he has neither present nor future. Having lost his father at a young age, and for the survival of his family, Fyodor had to go to work at the slaughterhouse. In the same village there is a mental hospital. Its head administration is a black market and organ dealers. Among the patients there is a granddaughter of a war veteran, who is deprived of his house in exchange for his granddaughter’s freedom. His belongings are ruined. The old man is starving... To take the donkey to the slaughterhouse is the last chance to survive. By chance the crippled girl meets the butcher. But she knows that she is going to die. The butcher feels his coming death as well. They are scared. It is hard for them. They both have stories to tell and they will share their secrets with each other.

 

Production: Ukraine

Director: Igor Parfenov

Director of photography: Alexandr Burov

Genre: social drama

Duration: 128 min.

Cast: Vladimir Maliar, Ellen Sliusarchi, Igor Parfenov, Alexsandr Denisenko and others.

 

The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge 2014г. (World premiere)

Nominated twentieth Russian Film Festival "Literature and Cinema" in 2014.

Film-opening 6th International Film Festival "Steps", 2013.

Nominated Film Festival "Window to Europe" - 2013, Vyborg

International Festival of Environmental Film "Green Century", Moscow 2013.

 

Prize Film Festival "Avanca 2014", Portugal in 2014. 

 

S/film «The Dependents» 

Based on the short novel by A. Chekhov «The Dependents».

There is a village in the mountains. Katya – a former patient of psychiatric hospital returns to abandoned house, where she meets a donkey and her grandfather - old war veteran. For her liberation grandfather Peter mortgaged the house and forced to move to the town to stay with relatives. But it’s impossible to go with the donkey. The only solution - to get the donkey to a local slaughterhouse - changes the fate of the characters radically

 

Production: Ukraine

Director: Igor Parfenov

Director of photography: Alexandr Burov

Genre: social drama

Duration: 15 min.

Cast: Vladimir Maliar, Ellen Sliusarchi, Igor Parfenov, G.Shtarkman, L.Kara-Guyar and others.

 

Премьера Indiana Short Film Festival, USA, 2013г.

International Film Festival of Film and Television in Samara 2013.

XX International Film Festival in Drama, Greece, 2014.

International Film Festival "Steps" 2013, Ukraine

Nominated for "Best Foreign Film", Portobello Film Festival 2014., London

V Jubilee Krivoy Rog Film Festival "Cinema under the stars. Take 5"

Winner of the Grand Prix at the 16th Film Festival "Zaporizhia Cinerama," the prize "Best music", the prize for "Best Actor", 2014.

2nd Festival of Short Films in Zambia, Africa, 2014.

22nd Festival International ALTER-NATIVE, Romania, 2014.

Festival Parachute Light Zero Act II 2015, France

 


 

 

A Cry in the Silence

Based on Francis Spaight by Jack London

A fishing schooner rented by “New Russians” went poaching, but a series of mysterious events and acts of sabotage thwarts the hunters’ plans. And here they are, together with the crew, all 12 of them, at the bargaining table, and the Captain suggests the only possible way out: casting lots to determine who’s going to be eaten to save everyone else from the imminent death. But the nominal jury find it hard to make a decision, since the life of every one of them is at stake.

Production: Ukraine, 2012
Director: Igor Parfenov
Genre: social drama
Cast: Vladimir Maliar, Stepan Pasichnik, Ellen Sliusarchi, Sergei Berezhko, Aleksandr Sokolovskiy, Valeria Savluk, Anna Guliaieva, Vitaliy Burleiev.

 

 

Human Zoo

Professor of biology after the poaching of dolphins falls into nightmare which transfers him to a research laboratory, where he crosses people with chimpanzees and holds other more sinister experiments, trying to bring a new breed of people - a humble man.

Production: Ukraine, 2012
Director: Igor Parfenov
Genre: social drama
Cast: Stepan Pasichnik, Ellen Sliusarchi, Sergei Berezhko, Vitaliy Kovalchuk, Aleksandr Poshkas, Vitaliy Burleiev.

 

 
Nominee III Cinema Under the Stars, 2012

 

A FAREWELL TO BULLFIGHT

after Jack London’s
The Madness of John Harned


The film is based on The Madness of John Harned, a novel by Jack London, and contains Ernest Hemingway's little-known statements.
The arena guards its secrets violently. But one day it opens its doors to a Russian judo sportsman who by chance gets into the thick of things in Pamplona during a fiesta. He refuses to accept the horrors of bullfighting and is thrown to the greatest matador of all ages, the crowd. But killing him turns out to be not that easy a task. More people die on that day than have been killed by bulls in all Spanish arenas in the last fifty years. The arena drinks away the blood once again. Ernest Hemingway's suicide and his last words become the epilogue to the film.

Production: Ukraine-Spain, 2010
Director: Igor Parfenov
Genre: drama

Cast: Boris Khimichev, Vladimir Antonov, Vladimir Maliar, Stepan Pasichnik, Aleksandr Tartyshnikov, Ellen Slusarchi, Igor Parfenov, Marina Yagodkina, Georgiy Khostikoev, Vlad Kulev, Olesya Barhatova

 

 

THE LAST DUEL

July 2, 1961. July 2, 1961. Ernest Hemingway committed suicide a few days after having been discharged from a mental hospital. The suicide letter was destroyed. There were no witnesses.
What had been going on in his head before the prominent writer did away with himself?…

Production: Ukraine, 2010
Director: Igor Parfenov
Genre: drama
Cast: Vladimir Antonov, Aleksandr Derbas, Alina Skachkova, Aleksandr Kristalinskiy, Erick.

 

Documentary film "ARENA’S POISON"

The documentary centers on the struggle of the world’s animal protection organizations against bullfighting in Pamplona.
Corrida takes thousands of bulls’ lives every year. More than 20 organizations, among them PETA and Anima Naturalis confront the cruelty of corrida and make great efforts to ban it. Every year thousands of people take part in protest actions in Pamplona right before the bulls’ rounds appealing to the government to stop the bloody tradition and encouraging more and more people to boycott bullfighting and start looking for less aggressive kinds of entertainment.

Production: Ukraine, 2010
Director: Igor Parfenov

 

 

CONFESSION OF THE DEVIL

The story takes place in a special department of a mental hospital. That’s where an allegedly insane and dangerous leader of an Earth Liberation Front organization is kept waiting for the verdict. Not only did he murder 6 hostages, but he also challenged the existing system. His organization is considered terrorist, his friends are kept imprisoned. He refuses to talk, is being constantly drugged and keeps having nightmare flashbacks of the events preceding the arrest.
The only person who finds a way to approach him and get him talking is a young doctor. Apart from being terrifying, the long-awaited confession of the “devil” turns everything upside down. What he is being judged for is striving against a war constantly taking place all over the world, the war against the nature started by people, the war that an average person doesn’t even notice.

Production: Ukraine, 2009
Director: Igor Parfenov
Genre: philosophical drama

Cast: Armen Dzhigarhanyan, Vladimir Koshevoy, Ellen Slusarchi, Sergey Dzhigurda, Vladimir Maliar, Sergey Glushko, Stepan Pasichnik, Eduard Bezrodniy, Sergei Berezhko, Alexandr Tartyshnikov, Irina Rozhenko, Alexey Rubinskiy.
 
Prize "for The Best Director" and diploma for the best artistic work at the I-th St. Petersburg International Film Festival "HOPE", 2011 г.

 

 

THE PLACE WHERE HORSES CRY

Everybody knows the story about Romeo and Juliet

But who knows the tragic story about an old horse and a young boy?…  

Production: Ukraine, 2007
Director: Igor Parfenov
Genre: drama
Cast: Viacheslav Zubkov, Aleksandr Kovshun, Vladimir Ugolnikov, Oksana Stetsenko.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRUCIFIED

A shocking project of XXI century
Forbidden Tolstoy. Unknown Jesus.

For several thousand years different religions have been separating peoples and nations and setting them against each other. A passionate philosopher creates a novel where he gives life to a number of disgraced and forbidden writers and rebels who struggled against religious prejudices and tried to throw light upon the unknown truth, declaring their philosophical ideas.
In the film the unreal becomes real, and the cellars of inquisition see the heretic Leo Tolstoy, an unknown Jesus and the Rusputin come to life. This shift of ages involves the audience into a whirlpool of adventures, love and struggle...

 

 Production: Ukraine, 2008
Director: Igor Parfenov
Genre: phantasmagoria - drama

Cast: Vasiliy Vysoven, Armen Dzhigarhanyan, Ellen Slusarchi, Nikita Dzhigurda, Mikhail Shilman, Alexey Rubinskiy, Inna Suzova, Valeriy Brylev, Aleksandr Tartyshnikov, Vladimir Antonov, Sergei Korotkov

 

WHEN GODS SLEEP

A drama unfolded on a racecourse makes us look at our life from a different angle. Not only does a horse’s tragic fate change the lives of the main characters, it also erases the borders between the good and the bad, challenging the existing value system. Razhev’s (Armen Dzhigarhanyan) 2 million dollar stake turns into a death sentence for the horse which is supposed to be slaughtered in case of victory – a caprice of the opponent. Trying to save the horse, its coach Ruslan (Nikita Dzhigurda) dies, his fiancée Lena (Ellen Slusarchi) commits suicide. The horse Holstomere also dies, and the fate of Ruzhev will be decided by casting lots.

Production: Ukraine, 2006
Director: Igor Parfenov
Genre: drama
Cast: Armen Dzhigarhanyan, Leonid Tarabarinov, Stepan Pasichnik, Nikita Dzhigurda, Ellen Slusarchi, Aleksei Rubinskiy, Olga Malushenkova, Alexandr Tartyshnikov.

 

BULL'S SOUL

Documentary film
The film is about the Spanish corrida, in particular about the annual bullfighting show in Pamplona and about the demonstrations of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). The organization has been fighting against the barbaric tradition of bullfighting for 7 years now, and it has come up with an alternative solution, races of thousands of half-naked people from over 30 countries who run down the streets of Pamplona the day before the bullfighting festival…
 
Production: Ukraine, 2007
Director: Igor Parfenov
Official competition of Hollywood film festival Genesis Awards.

INSANITY. CHALLENGE AND FIGHT

We leave in a cruel world. At all times people who challenge barbarism, ignorance and prejudices have been considered social outcasts. The main character of the film, Arthur was no exception. A professional sportsman and philosopher, he thought he could wake people up and change the world. The expression “Animal Liberation is Human Liberation” not only became his motto, it turned into his mission in life. What he didn’t know was what kind of butchery he would be dragged into. His fight against the lawlessness of bureaucracy and the police proved to be way harder than his fiercest fights. Put to a special department of a mental hospital, declared insane, having lost his beloved wife and pets, Arthur doesn’t give up, and the things that couldn't kill him made him even stronger.
 

Production: Ukraine, 2005
Director: Igor Parfenov
Genre: drama
Cast: Leonid Tarabarinov, Armen Dzhigarhanyan, Nikita Dzhigurda, Anatoliy Novikov, Ellen Slusarchi, Alexandr Tartyshnikov, Viacheslav Gindin, Igor Arnautov, Aleksandr Derbas, Oksana Stetsenko, Nikolai Krivolapov.
 

 

 
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