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BABUSHKA LOST IN TRANSITION by Alexander Mihalkovich

edition 2018

The idea of the film BABUSHKA LOST IN TRANSITION comes from the project YOUNG EUROPE 2017


An old Ukrainian lady lives in Crimea although all of her children and grandchildren live abroad. Yet she decided to stay here, taking care of her health and the sea while talking with her equally aged friends from time to time. However, the annexation of Crimea changes everything. It affects her ordered life and makes her fall out with friends. The old lady becomes a hostage of the political conflict and considers leaving Crimea. The director of the film – the old lady’s grandson, tries to understand the position of his grandmother and portray it through a camera.


Alexander Mihalkovich

urodzony 17.05.1984 r., w miejscowości Sumy (Ukraina)

born 17.05.1984, in city Sumy (Ukraine).


› 2006 / graduated with master’s degree in IT analyses and advertisement in arts at Moscow State University of Culture and Arts (Russia).

› 2009 / doctorate in library sciences at Russian State Library Educational Centre (Russia).

› 2014-2016 / graduated with master’s degree in film directing – DocNomads. Joint masters in three European universities: LUCA (Brussels), Lusofona (Lisbon), SZFE (Budapest)


› 2017 / Berlinale Talents Program, GoEast Talents Program.

› 2017 / IDFA Academy (project Babushka Lost in Transition)


› 2009 / Klapotski › documentary (screening at IFF „Bulbamovie” in Warsaw (Poland))

› 2014 / Two › documentary

› 2015 / Keret › creative documentary

› 2015 / Red Ripper in Brussels › short film (screening at IFF DocFeed (Eindhoven (Holland))

› 2016 / White sheet of paper › short surrel film (screening at IFF „Listapad”(Belarus))

› 2017 / Leave Permission › short documentary