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THE ELVES’ TOWER by Polina Kelm

edition 2019

The idea of the film “The Elves’ Tower” comes from the project Young People about Ukraine 2016; project was developed in frame of Young Europe Work in Progress 2018 and is taking part in Young Europe Work in Progress 2019.


Sergei is a film director with a huge passion for theatre. He believes that art can change the world for the better. Recently, he’s made a psychiatric facility a testing area for this. He is working with patients in occupational therapy on the staging of a fairytale drama “The Elves’ Tower” written by one of them. With great patience, insight and understanding, he responds to their quirks and limitations, he skillfully stirs their creative passions. He does not avoid intellectual proximity with the inmates. He tries to make their relationships mutually beneficial and he gets good results. He allows their roles on stage and in life to merge, creating a conglomerate of personality and blurring the boundaries between the real and the fictional worlds, between normality and mental illness.



Polina Kelm

born 30.12.1979 in Kiev (Ukraine)


› 2010 / direction at Kiev National Theatre, Film and Television University named after I. Karpenko-Kary 


› 2005 / The Rain › script (the best script in the „Prologue” competition)
› 2007 / The House› special prize at „Cinema” Centre of Young Filmmakers at festival STARTIV in Baku (Azerbaijan)
› 2012 / One Step › documentary almanac „Beyond The Euro
› 2014 / Positive › documentary (nomination to the award of Ukrainian Association of Cinematographers in the „best non-feature film” section).