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Movies: Best Movies in Ukrainian(українська мова)

Ukrainian (українська мова, ukrainska mova, [ʊkrɐˈjinʲsʲkɐ ˈmɔwɐ]) is an East Slavic language. It is the official state language of Ukraine and one of the three official languages in the unrecognized state of Transnistria, the other two being Moldovan and Russian. Written Ukrainian uses a variant of the Cyrillic script (see Ukrainian alphabet). Historical linguists trace the origin of the Ukrainian language to the Old East Slavic of the early medieval state of Kyivan Rus'. After the fall of the Kyivan Rus' as well as the Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia, the language developed into a form called the Ruthenian language. Along with Ruthenian, on the territory of modern Ukraine, the Kyiv version (izvod) of Church Slavonic was also used in liturgical services. The Ukrainian language has been in common use since the late 17th century, associated with the establishment of the Cossack Hetmanate. From 1804 until the Russian Revolution, the Ukrainian language was banned from schools in the Russian Empire, of which the biggest part of Ukraine (Central, Eastern and Southern) was a part at the time. It has always maintained a sufficient base in Western Ukraine, where the language was never banned, in its folk songs, itinerant musicians, and prominent authors. The stand... ()

Ukrainian is spoken in Ukraine and 348 movies (between 1926 and 2021) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these movies were shot in Ukraine (296). Popular genres for Ukrainian movies are Drama (123), Comedy (78) and Documentary (67). The Stronghold (2017), The Gateway (2018), The Guide (2014), My Thoughts Are Silent (2020) and Censored (2019) are among the best known & most successful Ukrainian movies.


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The Stronghold(2017)

3.7/5 (with 73 votes)

A solar eclipse activates a magic time portal, and a regular schoolboy Vit'ko from the 21st century goes a thousand years back in time. It doesn’t take Vitya long to recognize the legendary bogatyrs in young Oleshko, powerful Ilya and severe Dobrynya. Their life passes in fighting cumans who try to destroy Rusichi at any cost, using both weapons and black magic. Vitya finds himself in the very midst of incredible events, battles with mythical creatures and acquires real courage.

Directed by Yuriy Kovalyov

The Gateway(2018)

1h 47min | Fantasy, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Inside the Chornobyl exclusion zone Grandma Prisa, the family matriarch, consorts with water nymphs, eats a diet filled with hallucinogenic mushrooms, and claims to have personally stabbed 12 SS soldiers to death during World War II. She lives together with her divorced and chronically ill daughter Slava and grandson Vova. Unexpectedly, their measured life comes to an end - Grandma Prisa receives a mystical warning about an impending catastrophe.

The Guide(2014)

3.9/5 (with 7 votes)

American boy Peter and blind minstrel Ivan are thrown together by fate amidst the turbulent mid-30s Soviet Ukraine.

Directed by Oles Sanin

My Thoughts Are Silent(2020)

1h 44min | Comedy, Drama
4.0/5 (with 8 votes)

Twenty-five-year-old Vadym earns a living recording and selling all kinds of different sounds; nevertheless, he’d rather exchange his life in Kyiv for a better future in far-flung Canada. Thus, when he gets a generous job offer which might help him realise his dream, he jumps at the chance; he soon sets off to record the sounds of animals indigenous to Ukraine and also a rare bird native to the Carpathians. The situation proves somewhat more complicated when Vadym’s companion on the trip turns out to be his mother… To the sounds of a synthesized music score, debuting Ukrainian director Antonio Lukich unfolds a visually creative road movie, in which he demonstrates a highly unusual talent for constructing tragicomic situations.

Directed by Antonio Lukich - With Irma Vitovska

Censored(2019)

1h 40min | History, Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

This is a metaphorical story about the tragic and mysterious death of the most powerful poet of 1960's, human rights activist, hero of Ukraine Vasyl Stus and his struggle with the Soviet system. The events of the film unfold during the last attempt by the KGB to seduce the poet with a whimsical "freedom".

Directed by Roman Brovko - With Dmytro Yaroshenko, Diana Rozovlyan, Yevheniya Hladiy, Karyna Shereverova, Denys Rodnyanskyi, Roman Yasinovskyi, ...

Beshoot(2019)

4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Based on a true story. Two fighters of 'Donbas' Volunteer Battalion get locked inside city of Ilovaysk after regular Russian army enters Ukraine and shells the surrounded divisions of Ukrainian Army in the infamous would-be 'green corridor'. The fighters survive thanks to the help of the locals and manage to break out through the front line to reach the freed territory. Taras Kostanchuk who is playing himself as 'Beshoot' is that same Donbas commander who is the prototype of the story. Half of the actors and extras are real 'Donbas' volunteers who survived the battle.

Foreign Prayer(2017)

1h 32min | History, Drama
4.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Nazi-occupied Crimea, 1944. A boy named Itzhak turns to Saide Arifova, a local Tatar Muslim woman, for help, explaining that he and a group of other Jewish orphans are hiding from the Nazis. Arifova faces a moral dilemma: should she try to help them or save herself by refusing? Despite the impending danger, she decides to protect the children by hiding them in plain sight, and disguising them as Tatars and adopting them into the local community.

Directed by Akhtem Seitablayev

Mamay(2003)

1h 20min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Mamay draws on traditional Ukranian and Tatar folktales for its Romeo and Juliet-like love story and parable about chivalry and the struggle for freedom. Hundreds of years ago, in the wild steppes of Crimea that form an uneasy border between East and West, Europe and Asia, nomad and farmer, the proud Cossack Mamay falls in love with the Tatar beauty Omai. The title, like the storyline, holds a variety of different meanings taken from different cultures. In Turkic languages, it means "no one," but it was also the name of a famous Mongol conqueror, the great grandson of Ghengis-Khan. In Persian legends, mamay literally means "the spirit of the steppes. ".

Diagnosis(2009)

15min | Drama

When drug courier Petia and his pregnant girlfriend got into a militia raid, he did not suspect that his conflict with the law was not the least serious problem of his life.

Sappho(2008)

R
| 1h 26min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.2/5 (with 13 votes)

On honeymoon on the island of Lesbos, a woman falls for the daughter of a Russian archaeologist.

Directed by Robert Crosbie - With Bohdan Stupka

Khaytarma(2013)

1h 30min | Drama, History, War
3.7/5 (with 3 votes)

The film tells about the tragic date in the history of the Crimean Tatar people — May 18, 1944 — Stalin’s deportation of the Crimean Tatars. The plot of the film — a pilot, twice Hero of the Soviet Union, Amethan Sultan. In May, 1944, a year after liberation of Sevastopol Amethan goes on vacation to his native town Alupka. On May 18 his eyes witness begining of deportation of the Crimean Tatars.

Donbass(2018)

2h 2min | Drama, War
3.4/5 (with 20 votes)

In the historic Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, despite the cruel war that has been raging since 2014 between the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and the Ukrainian government, people tries to survive in the rotten heart of chaos, where violence disguises itself as peace, propaganda becomes univocal truth and hatred reigns in the name of love.

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Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom(2015)

1h 38min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 78 votes)

A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.

Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky

Cyborgs(2017)

1h 52min | War, Action, Drama
3.7/5 (with 13 votes)

€?The Cyborgs’ is re-telling the recent history of Ukraine – the legendary fight for Donetsk Airport in 2014 during Russian invasion. The freedom fighters from various divisions of Ukrainian army and volunteer battalions took a 242-days stand against the Russian backed militants until the complete destruction of the airport’s terminal.

Directed by Akhtem Seitablayev - With Vyacheslav Dovzhenko, Roman Semysal

Home Games(2018)

1h 26min | Documentary

"Home Games" is a broken fairytale depicting a crucial moment in the life of Alina, a 20-year-old "million dollar baby" from Kyiv, whose passion for football has a chance of saving her from poverty.

Love's Berries(1926)

27min | Comedy
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Dovzhenko's debut film, it deals with a dandified barber's attempts to get rid of his "love berry" - his illegitimate offspring. Although a farce, its permissive sexuality can still be considered to be risque.

Directed by Oleksandr Dovzhenko - With Maryan Krushelnytskyi, Margarita Barskaya

Delta(2017)

1h 22min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

White winter blizzard covers everything. We can rely now only on saints, on our prayers. The future has sailed away, with us left behind. Astray, we did not board the magic ship. The task at hand is simple — not to perish in the fog, not to die from the cold, not to get trapped under the ice. Not to fall in our own snares. Or are we all in one big trap anyway? Running around in a small circle, counting those who vanished.

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors(1965)

3.8/5 (with 43 votes)

In a Carpathian village, Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father's killer. When tragedy befalls her, his grief lasts months; finally he rejoins the colorful life around him, marrying Palagna. She wants children but his mind stays on his lost love. To recapture his attention, Palagna tries sorcery, and in the process comes under the spell of the sorcerer, publicly humiliating Ivan, who then fights the sorcerer. The lively rhythms of village life, the work and the holidays, the pageant and revelry of weddings and funerals, the change of seasons, and nature's beauty give proportion to Ivan's tragedy.

Gamer(2011)

1h 32min | Drama
2.4/5 (with 3 votes)

The boy's name is Alex, but in the world of gamers where he spends most of his time, he is known as Koss. The enormous amount of time he spends at the computer screen starts to pay off: in the games' clubs in his small Ukrainian village, he is the undisputed king of the shooting game Quake, admired by the 'noobs' - the younger and less experienced players he defeats digitally. But there is also a different side.

Directed by Oleg Sentsov

Business as Usual(2013)

1h 24min | Drama, Comedy

Forty years old is a perfect age to change ones life. The hero makes a decision to quit the psychotherapist's cabinet, which he is sick and tired of and become a poet. To become a freelance artist. A trifle remained to cope with to persuade the wife.

Not Alone(2020)

1h 2min | Documentary

About 20 former homeless, alcohol and drug addicts live in the Emmaus Home mutual aid community in the small town of Vynnyky in western Ukraine. Each of them came here for different reasons – someone left the house, someone lost their homes/flats or so by deceit, some were left in their maternity hospital. Here they live in a large family and try to overcome their material, social and psychological issues. In order to stay here, residents of the Home must follow certain rules: the house must be clean, they are not allowed to drink alcohol and all of them have to work.

The Pit: How Can You Escape?(2006)

1h 21min | Horror
2.4/5 (with 3 votes)

Our days. Five students of the Faculty of History sent to the archaeological practice. Professor, head of the young seekers of Antiquities, tells them the legend that during the war the museum staff had hidden above a statue of the pagan god Perun somewhere in the dungeons outside the city.

Directed by Lubomyr Levytskyi

Song of the Forest(1961)

1h 35min | Fantasy
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Among the inhabitants of the fantastic realm lived a beautiful girl Mavka forest. Gentle voice piped woke her from winter sleep swain Lucas, whom she dearly loved. Mavka leave their forest friends and go to the people. But then she meets up with her mother and Lukas Killeen - people selfish and heartless ...

Directed by Viktor Ivchenko

The Leading Role(2016)

1h 3min | Documentary

The film is about the director’s mother, the movie actress Nina Antonova. Now she is 80. She has had hundreds of roles – big and small. It is a personal story about an honest and sad life, about self-sacrifice and freedom. Real fame as an actress came to her only once in her life. It was the leading role in the first Soviet colour TV series Varka’s Land. That was 45 years ago….

Directed by Serhii Bukovskyi - With Nina Antonova

Luxembourg(2021)

The story of a group of people living in a permanent nuclear winter in the ruins of the old civilisation destroyed by an atomic war.

Hunt for the Cossack's Gold(1993)

1h 28min | Comedy, Adventure

Long time ago Ukrainian hetman sent his treasures to the British bank, hoping that later Ukraine will get rid of the Moscow yoke and then gold will help Ukrainian people. In modern times KGB agents and foreign spies hunt for hetman's descendant - Ivan Polubotko, guy phlegmatic and narrow-minded, to use him to get the treasure.

Metropolitan Andrey(2008)

2h 9min | Drama, History
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Story about Metropolitan of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Andrey Sheptytsky who opposed repressive totalitarian regimes of Stalin and Hitler and chose the path of service to God and people.

Directed by Oles Yanchuk

The Way(2013)

22min
4.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The dangerous travel makes the teenager to understand life as an adult and determines his way.

The Stolen Princess: Ruslan and Ludmila(2018)

3.2/5 (with 37 votes)

This wonderful story happened in the age of valiant knights, beautiful princesses, and battling sorcerers. Ruslan, a wandering artist dreaming to become a knight, met beautiful Mila and fell in love with her; he didn’t even suspect that she is the King’s daughter. However, the lovers’ happiness wasn’t meant to last too long. Chernomor, the evil sorcerer, appeared in a magic vortex and stole Mila right before Ruslan’s eyes to transform her power of love into his own magic power. Without further ado, Ruslan sets out on a chase after the stolen princess to overcome all obstacles and to prove that real love is stronger than magic.

5 Therapy(2017)

1h 18min

The film is based on a series of novels by Stas Dombrowski, a former drug addict and criminal who learned that he was HIV positive in 17 years, and plunged into absolute self-destruction for next two decades. Only on his deathbed in prison therapy, knowing that he would die in two weeks, Stas understood that he wants to live more than anything in this world.

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