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Fragile Memory

UA/SK 2022, 85 min, Igor Ivanko

Soviet cinematographer Leonid Burlaka worked at Odessa Film Studio in the 60s on dozens of films that have travelled the world. Today he’s in his 80s and diagnosed with Alzheimer's. As his memory fades away, his grandson and young filmmaker, Igor follows the tracks that Leonid left behind via film rolls, homemade videos, letters and forgotten friends. 

As he dives deeper and deeper into the archive, Igor realises that the story of his grandfather has historical value. Burlaka started his career at a time where scripts were rejected and artists were dealing with censorship and he was established as a cinematographer in the mid-60s when the soviet repression finally relaxed. This political change is present in his works and also creates a strong bond between Igor and Leonid, since both of these two men started working in cinema in times of turmoil.

Having the fear that Leonid’s memory will be eventually erased completely, Igor reaches out to his old friends and colleagues to find lost pieces that will hopefully reveal forgotten aspects of his grandfather’s life. However, Leonid’s memory fades faster and faster - will he be able to see the new life that Igor gives to his archive?


DocAviv FF 2022, IL | Krakow FF 2022, PL | Sheffield DocFest 2022, UK | Docu.Text Festival 2022, IL | Sarajevo FF 2022, BA | Baltic Sea Docs 2022, LV | Ukrainian FF Berlin 2022, DE | DOK Leipzig 2022, DE | Verzió IHRDFF 2022, HU | idfa 2022, NL | Premiers Plans - Angers FF 2023, FR | Trieste FF 2023, IT | DocPoint Helsinki 2023, FI | DocPoint Tallinn 2023, EE | Sofia IFF 2023, BG | UnArchive Found Footage Festival 2023, IT | goEast 2023, DE | Ukrainische Filmtage NRW 2023, DE | Osteuropäische Filmtage 2023, DE


Honorable Mention (Best International Documentary Film / DocAviv FF 2022, IL) | Special Mention (International Documentary Competition / Krakow FF 2022, PL) | Special Jury Award (Sarajevo FF 2022, BA) | Special Mention (Best Documentary Competition / Trieste FF 2023) | Special Jury Mention (Diagonales / Premiers Plans - Angers FF, FR 2023) | Special Mention (Documentary Competition / Sofia IFF, BG 2023)



Screenings im Februar

Cinéfête 2024 – Institut français d'Autriche-Vienne

Leokino Innsbruck
KIZ Royal Graz
Moviemento Linz
Programmkino Wels
Votivkino Wien
Das Kino Salzburg

Fanni Amann Tage – Laurentiussaal Schnifis
24. Februar, 10 Uhr
Film | Gespräch Agnes Karrasch | Kulinarik

Grätzelmix – Grätzel:Kino
29. Februar, 19:00 Uhr
Filmvorführung & Diskussion mit Ebba Sinzinger (Regie) Ursula Bittner (Greenpeace)


Premieren-Tour mit Regisseur Rubén Abruña

22. Februar
Leokino Innsbruck

20 Uhr – TICKETS

23. Februar

10:10 Uhr Schulkino Premiere 
20:15 Uhr Wien-Premiere – TICKETS

25. Februar
Apollo - Das Kino

13 Uhr Matinee mit Podiumsdiskussion – TICKETS

26. Februar
Schulkino im BORG Deutsch Wagram

27. Februar
Kino Freistadt

20 Uhr OÖ Premiere – TICKETS

28. Februar
City Kino Steyr
20 Uhr Screening mit Rubén Abruña – TICKETS

29. Februar
Climate Lab Vienna (powered by Deep Purple)

17 Uhr Screening und Podiumsdiskussion – TICKETS

9. März
11 Uhr (Brunch), 13 Uhr Screening
Vorarlberg-Premiere beim Human Vision Filmfestival – TICKETS

ab 23. Februar folgenden Kinos
top Kino Wien
Apollo - Das Kino, Wien
Admiral Kino, Wien
Leokino Innsbruck
Metropol Kino, Innsbruck
KIZ Royal Graz
Moviemento Linz
Volkskino Klagenfurt (Previews ab jetzt)
City Kino Steyr
Kino im Kesselhaus Krems
Spielboden Dornbirn (Human Vision)

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will be screened at

FIFDH, CH 2024
6:30 pm, 14th March - followed by a discussion
9:30 pm, 16th March


will be screened at 

The Gilmore International Piano Festival, USA 2024
12 pm, 30th April 


will be screened at

IDFA Vondelpark, NL 2024
7.30 pm, 21st February


BERLINALE / EFM (15 - 20 February)
Christa Auderlitzky 

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