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Original name: СТЕПНЕ
English name: Stepne
Year: 2023
Run time: 111 mins
Language: Ukrainian, Russian
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Slovakia
Director: Maryna Vroda
Producers: Maryna Vroda
Cast: Oleksandr Maksiakov, Nina Antonova, Oleg Primogenov, Radmila Schegoleva
Screenplay: Maryna Vroda, Kirill Schuvalov
Cinematographer: Andrii Lysetskyi
Editor: Franziska Wenzel, Maryna Vroda, Marek Šulik
Music Composer: Anton Baibakov
Sound Designer: Igor Jedinák
Production Company: Vrodastudio
World Sales: New Europe Sales


  • Locarno IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2015 Penguin (Documentary)
  • 2014 Snails (Short)
  • 2011 Cross Country (Short)
  • 2007 The Rain (Short)
  • 2007 The Oath (Short)
  • 2006 Family Portrait (Short)

Director's Biography:

Maryna Vroda

Maryna Vroda was born in 1982 in Ukraine. In 2007, she graduated in Directing from the Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinematography and Television. In 2011 her short film Cross-Country won Cannes Palme d'Or. In 2010 Maryna participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus and in 2016 she studied for a Master at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Stepne (2023) is her feature debut.


Set amidst stunning Ukrainian winter landscapes, vanishing villages, and emerging feelings of alienation between people in post-Soviet society, Stepne is the story of Anatoliy, a man who comes back home from the big city to take care of his dying mother. The mother’s passing, a meeting with his brother, and a woman he loves make him reflect on the life he’s had and the choices he made along the way. And then, just before her death, the mother tells Anatoliy about a treasure she has buried in the shed…