A Rising Fury
Love, revolution and war through 8 year in this timely documentary.
A Rising Fury takes a fly-on-the-wall approach and follows a couple; The volunteer activist Svitlana and the soldier Pavlo. Russian aggression reveals buried secrets and puts friendships at stake. Stories and images the audiences will know through the media will seem more intense and touching, as we experience them up close and carefully observed. What follows is a journey that began with the Maidan revolution in Kyiv in 2013 and led to a full scale war in 2022.
The film is an attempt to attack Russia’s enormous propaganda machine and resist their aggressive information warfare. The film crew are not soldiers themselves but use their profession as filmmakers as resistance in the war. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.
Lesya Kalynska is an award winning producer, director and author from Kiyv in Ukraine. Here she took her PhD in Slavic literature and linguistics. She has also worked as a language professor at the University of Illinois and has her master’s degree in script writing and directing from New York University. Ruslan Batytskyi is also a writer and filmmaker with a bachelor’s degree in directing for film and television, and has made several short films. After starting his film career in 2009 he also became interested in project management and process analysis, using his skills in his own creative work process.
This film is part of
Country Ukraine, USA, Norway
Director Lesya Kalynska, Ruslan Batytskyi
Screenplay Lesya Kalynska, TJ Collins
Cinematography Ruslan Batytskyi
Producer Lesya Kalynska, Ruslan Batytskyi, TJ Collins, Jonathan Borge Lie
Production Company Pomegranate Studios, Batytskyi Production, Volt film
Runtime 1h 22m
Language Ukrainian, Russian, English
Age limit 15
This film is in competition for the Audience Award.