Film - HFF Special 2 Filmfest 2021


Directed by Nikita Gibalenko


Director: Nikita Gibalenko
Section: HFF Special 2
Country: Germany
Year: 2020
Language: English, Russian
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Elena Knyaseva-Shmal, Anton Tsirin, Luiza Monteiro, Oleg Tynkov

Also in this program


This film is shown as part of HFF Special 2.

Irina and her son live in a small apartment somewhere in western Ukraine. She is unable to let go of her role as a single mother, even though her son is an adult who wants to lead his own life. Her fear of losing him pushes her to her limits.

  • Duration: 13 Min.

Meet the director


Nikita Gibalenko

Nikita Gibalenko was born in southern Ukraine in 1993 and grew up in Kiev. At the age of 20 he emigrated to Germany to study and work as a mechanical engineer. After participating on a couple of theatre projects and making documentaries, he switched to film and studies fictional directing at the University for Film and Television in Munich since 2019.


Screenplay: Nikita Gibalenko
Director of Photography: Noah Böhm
Film Editor: Nikita Gibalenko
Production Designer: Anna-Maria Dutoit, Santiago Niclas, Mancera Henestronza, Ivan Dubrovin
Costume Design: Anna rai
Sound: Marc Philip Ginolas, Leander Kupferer
Make-up artist: Theresa Weidmann
Producer: Franz Ufer
Production Company: HFF München