20 best Ukrainian films of recent years

Ukrainian cinema in the 20th century was famous for its poetry and inimitable humor and presented the audience with many popularly beloved films. The new century has added opportunities for filmmakers through innovative technology, albeit at a heavy investment. This selection presents the best Ukrainian films of recent years, distinguished by genre diversity and cultural authenticity.

Betrayed (2020)

The action of this new movie in the historical genre takes place in the second half of the 19th century in the city of Stanislav, now Ivano-Frankivsk. A happy family man and prosperous Dr. Anger loses the meaning of life when his wife dies in a terrible fire . Fortunately, they managed to save their daughter Adela and baby Stephanie from a family of servants. Anger brings up two orphans as sisters, but years later, the relationship between the grown-up beauties becomes confusing and tense.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Actors:
Marianna Yanushevich, Olesya Romanova, Roman Lutsky …

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, melodrama, history

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


My Thoughts Are Silent (2019)

The list of the best new Ukrainian films includes a tragicomedy with a high rating, which appealed to both the audience and film critics. Sound engineer Vadim is not very successful in his career and personal life. Fate sends the guy a chance for change in the form of an order from a Canadian company – to record the sounds of the fauna of Western Ukraine. On a creative business trip, the melancholic son is accompanied by his mother, a dashing Uzhgorod taxi driver. Funny adventures and spiritual revelations await the family duo.

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Irma Vitovskaya, Andrey Lidagovsky …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.0


Home (2019)

There is great grief in the family of the Crimean Tatar Mustafa – his eldest son Nazim died in the war. The father goes to Kyiv to pick up the body of his first-born and bury according to the Muslim rite in his homeland, in the Crimea. The sad mission with Mustafa is reluctantly shared by the youngest son Alim, who had previously left his father’s house with his brother. A long joint road irreversibly changes the life of each of them.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Akhtem Seytablaev, Remzi Bilyalov, Daria Barikhashvili …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.4


Zakhar Berkut (2019)

Fans of historical action movies should watch this one-episode but large-scale film co-produced by Ukraine and the United States based on the story of the classic of Ukrainian literature Ivan Franko. XIII century, Carpathians. A peaceful mountain village is attacked by the warriors of the boyar Tugarin Vovk. The young hunter Maxim forces them to retreat. The elder of the highlanders Zakhar Berkut, performed by “terminator-2” Robert Patrick, entrusts the guy with an important mission – to call the boyar for negotiations. On the way, Maxim saves a beauty from a bear and falls in love with her, not suspecting that Miroslava is the daughter of Tugarin Vovk himself.

Genre:
Action, drama, history

Actors:
Alison Doody, Tommy Flanagan, Robert Patrick …

Country:
Ukraine, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.8


Crazy Wedding (2018)

Vasil Seredyuk, a regional cultural figure, wishes his beloved daughter happiness more than anything else, so he sends her to study at the Sorbonne. Katya announces that she will come home with her fiancé, Francois, a cardiac surgeon, and a loving father begins preparations for a grandiose wedding . However, when it turns out that the daughter’s chosen one is a smart, talented, but dark-skinned Frenchman, Vasil, not burdened with tolerance, begins to intrigue the young, wanting to separate them. What will win in this comedy showdown with serious overtones – racism or love?

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Nazar Zadneprovsky, Jimmy Voa, Polina Vasilina, Alexey Potapenko, Dmitry Monatik …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2


I, You, He, She (2018)

The new Ukrainian cinema is not afraid of experiments, which is proved by this comedy melodrama , because the main roles in it were played not by professional actors, but by media people. Yana and Maxim have a solid family experience of 10 years. During this time, the couple managed to study each other, and the couple’s feelings cooled down. The gap seems to them a logical way out of the crisis, but the judge is in no hurry to give a divorce. Maxim and Yana are given a month of respite in order to fulfill their desires, which they previously did not dare to admit.

Genre:
Comedy, melodrama

Actors:
Vladimir Zelensky, Evgeny Koshevoy, Nadezhda Dorofeeva, Anastasia Korotkaya …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.2


Sex and nothing personal (2018)

Sergei is young and handsome, which does not save him from love disappointments. The girl, whom the guy is going to marry, suddenly declares that he is a complete zero in bed. To treat his wounded ego, the offended groom goes to Prague, where his lively friend Vasily lives, whose role is played by the famous showman Sergey Prytula. As a true friend, Vasya finds a sex teacher for Sergey – stripper Diana. However, the beauty agrees to teach only theory, which the jealous bride who rushed to Prague refuses to believe.

Genre:
Comedy, melodrama

Actors:
Roman Lutsky, Anzhelika Nikolaeva, Natalia Mazur, Sergey Prytula, Andrey Danilko …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Cyborgs (2017)

The film, which showed the best box office in cinemas in Ukraine, is dedicated to the defense of the Donetsk airport. Its participants were called “cyborgs”, but the heroes of the drama, based on real events and filmed in hot pursuit, do not look like robots – they are living characters with their own flaws, problems and experiences, revealed through numerous dialogues. “Cyborgs” are not alien to anything human, so the action scenes in the film alternate with humorous and melodramatic ones.

Genre:
Military, drama, detective

Actors:
Vyacheslav Dovzhenko, Makar Tikhomirov, Andrey Isaenko …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.9


Chervonny (2017)

In the infamous Gulag in 1947, two Ukrainians met. Danila Chervonny is one of the leaders of the UPA and an uncompromising fighter against the Stalinist system. Viktor Gurov is a Soviet pilot who was convicted for being shot down by the enemy and was taken prisoner. Being on neighboring bunk beds, they are on opposite sides of the barricades, because Chervonny is preparing a camp uprising, and Gurov is convinced that he got here by mistake and the party will sort everything out. Two countrymen from the west and east of Ukraine are waiting for clashes with criminals, security guards and, oddly enough, a meeting with love.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Nikolay Bereza, Oleg Shulga, Alexander Mavrits …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 7.2


Stronghold (2017)

The first fantasy film produced in Ukraine, shot on local material, with large-scale shooting, special effects and exclusive costumes. The modern teenager Vitya, through a time portal, enters the distant past, where the epic heroes Dobrynya, Ilya and Alyosha protect their native lands from the Polovtsian raids. Having settled into an unusual environment, Victor helps new friends, applying the knowledge and achievements of the 21st century, at the same time receiving lessons of courage and mutual assistance from the knights.

Genre:
Adventure, fantasy

Actors:
Daniil Kamensky, Eva Koshevaya, Roman Lutsky, Natalya Sumskaya …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
6+


Infoaholic (2017)

The hero of comedy fantasy from the comic studio “Mamahotala” Max is a very modern guy, that is, he does not part with his smartphone day or night. His wife Masha suffers from the “infogolism” of the faithful, unable to capture her husband’s attention, even to announce her pregnancy . Over time, Max notices that the events he reads about on the Internet begin to actually happen to him. The young man gets into funny and dangerous troubles, and he will have to try very hard to return to real life.

Genre:
Comedy, fantasy

Actors:
Yevgeny Yanovich, Elena Borozenets, Pavel Zibrov …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.0


Servant of the people 2 (2016)

Ukrainian comedy film, the most interesting is how its events resonate with the political realities of the country. The modest history teacher Vasily Goloborodko was elected President of Ukraine six months ago, but has not yet learned how to call the presumptuous deputies of the Verkhovna Rada to order. His former opponent, the all-powerful former Prime Minister Yury Ivanovich, convicted of corruption, comes to his aid. Heroes, each of whom has his own plans, will have a journey through Ukraine full of adventures and humorous situations. Will they achieve their goals?

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Vladimir Zelensky, Stanislav Boklan, Evgeny Koshevoy, Andrey Danilko …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.2


Tribe (2014)

A unique picture, filmed in sign language, tells about the cruel morals prevailing in one of the boarding schools for deaf and hard of hearing children. When the strong high school student Sergey gets here, he is quickly taken over by a local gang called the Tribe. Young bandits rob passers-by and weaker “compatriots”, and boarding school girls are “handed over” for money to unpretentious truckers. Sergei accepts the existing order, but only for the time being, until he falls in love with Anna, the concubine of the leader of the Tribe.

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Grigory Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy …

Country:
Netherlands, Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Wrangler (2013)

The events of one of the highest rated Ukrainian films take place in the 1930s. American specialist Michael Shamrock comes to Kharkov to help build Soviet industry, taking his son Peter with him. Here the engineer falls in love with actress Olga Levitskaya, performed by the famous Ukrainian singer Jamala. Chekist Vladimir also claims to be the heart of the beauty. The love triangle ends tragically, and Peter becomes the guide of the blind kobzar Ivan Kocherga in his wanderings around Ukraine.

Genre:
Military, drama, adventure

Actors:
Anton Svyatoslav Grin, Stanislav Boklan, Alexander Kobzar, Jamala …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.9


Ivan Strength (2013)

A fascinating and motivating biography of the circus athlete Ivan Firtsak, who at the beginning of the last century successfully performed in Europe and the USA under the pseudonym Ivan Strength. In 1928, the hero was even recognized as the most powerful man on the planet, which did not prevent him from returning to his homeland, despite the fees offered. The good-natured Ivan was embodied on the screen by the champion of Ukraine in power sports Dmitry Khaladzhi, who was approved for the role without trial. One of the characters was played by another famous Ukrainian strongman Vasily Virastyuk.

Genre:
Adventure

Actors:
Dmitry Khaladzhi, Viktor Andrienko, Olga Sumskaya, Vasily Virastyuk, Boris Barsky …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.4


Shadows of Unforgotten Ancestors (2013)

An interesting experiment in the genre of a mystical thriller , a film produced in Ukraine, inspired by the story of Kotsyubinsky and Parajanov’s film. University student Ivan inadvertently provokes the disappearance of the priceless Zgarda. When silhouettes of the artifact begin to appear on the bodies of his friends, the mentor informs the guys that this is a sign – an ancient evil has broken free. It can be curbed only with the help of the mysterious heir of the molfars, who lives far in the mountains, where the heroes of the film go.

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, detective, adventure

Actors:
Dmitry Stupka, Alena Musienko, Vladislav Nikityuk, Olga Sumskaya, Nikolai Boklan …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.2


Khaitarma (2012)

The plot of the Ukrainian drama film is based on the tragic page in the history of the Crimean Tatars – deportation from their native land in May 1944 by Stalin’s decision. The witness of this inhuman action was the legendary pilot, twice Hero of the Soviet Union Akhmet-Khan Sultan, who arrived in Alupka on vacation. The fates of thousands of people, including his family, were destroyed in front of Ahmet Khan. Will the war hero be able to resist the machine of repression?

Genre:
Drama, military, history

Actors:
Akhtem Seytablaev, Alexey Gorbunov, Usnie Khalilova …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


The one who walked through the fire (2011)

Incredible, but based on real events, an exciting life story of Ukrainian military pilot Ivan Dodoka. During the Second World War, the guy became a real ace, for which he was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. Then Dodoka was captured by the Nazis, from where he managed to escape, but for this he was recognized as a traitor to his homeland and exiled to camps. The unbending hero made an escape from there, eventually ending up in distant Canada, where the Indians chose him as the leader of one of the tribes!

Genre:
Drama, adventure, biography

Actors:
Dmitry Linartovich, Viktor Andrienko, Olga Grishina, Nikolai Boklan …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


My happiness (2010)

A shocking look at a remote province is the feature film debut of the award-winning Ukrainian documentary filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, filmed in the style of a road movie. The kind and calm truck driver George, having left his traitor wife , travels around the country, but somewhere he goes astray. From that moment on, the driver plunges headlong into communication with creepy phantasmagoric characters, who only at first glance seem to be ordinary local residents.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Viktor Nemets, Vladimir Golovin, Olga Shuvalova …

Country:
Ukraine, Germany, Netherlands

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
18+


New Year matchmakers (2010)

The final participant in the top of the new Ukrainian cinema is the festive series of the hilariously funny and vital folk series “Matchmakers”, which has already run through 6 seasons. The central characters, the Budko spouses, decide to celebrate the New Year simply – without guests, without laying the table and without decorating the Christmas tree. But plans for a quiet family celebration are ruined by the sudden appearance of the matchmakers-intellectuals Kovalev in the company of their adored granddaughter Zhenya. In addition, because of the snowfall in Kuchugury, artists traveling to corporate parties got stuck. This New Year’s Eve will be anything but calm!

Genre:
Musical, comedy

Actors:
Fedor Dobronravov, Tatyana Kravchenko, Lyudmila Artemyeva, Anatoly Vasiliev …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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