Altered Innocence Brings Kateryna Gornostai’s Debut Feature to Screens and VOD
Stop-Zemlia Opens January 21, 2022 in Los Angeles
Also Available Nationwide on Apple TV, Amazon,
Google Play, and Vimeo
“an intelligent film about a demographic who are so often approached by adult filmmakers in ways that miss all the nuance, fragility and genuine joy that this film brings to life” — AWFJ Women on Film
Navigating the emotional turmoil of waiting for life to begin while hanging around with classmates – a radical, authentic, and sensitive insight into the unsettling feeling of being young and an inside perspective on Ukrainian youth.”a sympathetic portrait of the tidal forces of teenagehood” — The Playlist
Following a successful run on the global film festival circuit, Altered Innocence is inviting audiences to relieve the beauty and trauma of being a teenager beginning January 21 with Stop-Zemlia. Kateryna Gornostai’s debut feature premiered at the Berlinale Generations, where it won the Crystal Bear for Best Film. The Youth Jury declared: “The film convincingly covers a variety of important topics which appeal to us as young people. Platonic love, queerness, solidarity and psychological stress reinforce the effect of the film as an authentic coming-of-age story. By virtue of creative visualisation techniques, it becomes clear in an artistic manner how our generation dreams, feels and experiences life. The message is conveyed that it is part of life to face certain fears in order to be able to enjoy the most exciting years of youth.”
Stop-Zemlia went on to screen at New York’s New Directors/New Films Festival and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.
Hanging out with friends, smoking too much, spinning bottles and kissing, making mistakes, playing, refusing to accept, dreaming with open eyes – life as a teenager can be overwhelmingly beautiful and difficult at the same time. Introverted high school girl Masha sees herself as an outsider unless she’s hanging out with her two best friends, Yana and Senia, who share her non-conformist status. While trying to navigate through her last year of school, Masha falls in love in a way that forces her out of her comfort zone. In her debut, the Ukrainian director Kateryna Gornostai composes a deeply emotional and multi-layered portrait of a generation whilst seamlessly flowing between the fictional and the documental.