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Porcelain War

Directed by Brendan Bellomo, Slava Leontyev
Australia, USA, Ukraine
90 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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The winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2024 follows three Ukrainian artists who choose to stay behind and fight, defiantly finding beauty amid destruction.

Slava Leontyev sculpts delicate porcelain figures. His partner, Anya, illustrates them with exquisite images inspired by Ukraine’s natural environment. The couple and their dog Frodo live in Kharkiv, not far from the Russian border. As the conflict intensifies, Slava swaps his kiln for the firing range, training people from all walks of life to defend themselves. The couple’s long-time friend, refugee artist and DP Andrey Stefanov, vividly documents the determination of ordinary Ukrainians to hold onto their homes, way of life and memories. Anya’s beautifully animated illustrations and the stirring music of Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha passionately underscore the vibrancy of a culture under threat.

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Art is, as the documentary makes clear and then repeats, in and of itself a rebellious act and an act of creation to ward off destruction
Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter
Suffused with the golden-hour nature of Kharkiv, the film also features music by Ukrainian force of sound DakhaBrakha which is not easily forgotten
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International

Special Guest

Camilla Mazzaferro
Camilla Mazzaferro is a producer who began her career at PWC and RadicalMedia. She produced the feature documentaries My Sister Liv (2022), A Fire Inside (SFF 2021) and was an associate producer on Girls Can’t Surf (2021). She is currently the Managing Director of independent production company FINCH NO WORRIES.


Sun 9 Jun
State Theatre
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Fri 14 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Special Presentations
Unclassified 15+
Australia, USA, Ukraine
In Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles
Brendan Bellomo, Slava Leontyev
Paula DuPré Pesmen, Olivia Ahnemann, Aniela Sidorska, Camilla Mazzaferro
Paula DuPré Pesmen, Slava Leontyev, Brendan Bellomo, Aniela Sidorska
Andrey Stefanov
Brendan Bellomo, Aniela Sidorska, Kelly Cameron
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Festival Award Winners, Human Rights
Company Credits
Production Company: Finch No Worries
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