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THE PEARL OF ABSURD by Oleksandra Chuprina

edition 2018

The idea of the film “The Pearl of Absurd” comes from the project Young Europe 2017; project was developed in frame of Young Europe Work in Progress 2018.


Odessa. A European city in post-Soviet reality. A city full of myths and nonsense. My city. With everything that was lost after 1917. Since then, much is hidden behind a curtain of mandatory silence. Today, only the historic buildings connect us with previous generations. But this connection is also unstable. Architectural monuments are being turned into commercial galleries. We travel through the city staring at caryatids’ faces and hoping to be looking at the faces our ancestors. We meet wonderful people who strive to save the architectural heritage. Maybe they are also driven by some personal motives?

Script and direction / Oleksandra Chuprina


Oleksandra Chuprina

born 07.03.1995 in Odessa (Ukraine)

› Academy of Theatre Arts in Odessa (Ukraine)
› Kiev National Theatre, Film and Television University named after I. Karpenko-Kary, direction department (Ukraine)

› 2013 / attendance the project „Babylon13”
› 2014 – 2015 / volunteer and member of NGO „New Donbas”
› 2015 / representative of Ukraine at documentary workshop in USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles (USA)
› 2015 / Summer Visegrad School in Cracow (Poland)
› 2017 / Pearl of Absurd › attendance in Young Filmmakers for Peace during IFF GoEast in Wiesbaden (Germany)

› 2014 / Women of War › short film (editing)
› 2014 / Bohdanchyk › short film (direction, editing)
› 2015 / Bohdan’s Happiness › (co-direction)
› 2015 / How We Become Military Volunteers › (direction, editing)
› 2016 / The Diary › (direction, editing) competition screening at DocuDays 2017
› 2016 / Zero Point › short film (direction, editing)