Film - International Independents Filmfest 2023


Directed by Marysia Nikitiuk


Director: Marysia Nikitiuk
Section: International Independents
Country: Ukraine, Germany
Year: 2022
Language: Ukrainian
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Ksenia Khyzhniak, Oleksiy Tritenko, Maxym Panchenko, Liliya Nesterenko, Igor Koltovskyy
18+ (no age rating)


Based on the true story of Ukrainian television anchorwoman Yanina Sokolova.

Nobody can fool Nina. This up-and-coming anchorwoman at a television station in Kyiv is known for her hard-hitting interviews. When Nina is diagnosed with cancer, she throws the doctors' advice to the wind and keeps her diagnosis a secret from her husband and co-workers as she continues to work on her career. However, she can't keep deluding herself or those around her for long.

Meet the director


Marysia Nikitiuk

Marysia Nikitiuk, born in 1986, is a Ukrainian writer and director. In Kyiv, she earned degrees both in journalism, from the National Taras Shevchenko University, and in theater, from the National University of Theater, Film and Television (with a focus on Japanese theater). She has been a journalist, essayist, and theater critic. She was awarded the Oles Ulianenko International Literary Prize for her short story collection "The Abyss" (2016). Her debut film WHEN THE TREES FALL premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlinale and was nominated for a Ukrainian Academy Award in ten categories, receiving one for best editing. It also received the Discovery of the Year award at the Ukrainian Film Critics' Awards. LUCKY GIRL is Nikitiuk's second feature film as a director.


Screenplay: Marysia Nikitiuk
Director of Photography: Sergiy Mykhalchuk
Film Editor: Ivan Bannikov
Composer: Anton Baibakov
Production Designer: Maria Shub
Sound: Sergiy Stepanskyy
Sound design: Alexandros Topalis
Producer: Yanina Sokolova, Julia Sinkevych, , Olesya Korzhenevska, Svitlana Yatsynych, Oleksii Moskalenko, Oleksandra Ivchenko
Production Company: Yanina Sokolova Productions
Co-Producer: Sven Schnell
Co-Production Company: san cinema UG & Co KG
World Sales: REASON8
Distributor: phantasticas UG & Co KG