Ukrainian documentary ‘Iron Butterflies’ premieres in Europe at Berlinale

22 February, 04:21 PM
A frame from the movie ‘Iron Butterflies’ (Photo:@Iron Butterflies/Facebook)

A frame from the movie ‘Iron Butterflies’ (Photo:@Iron Butterflies/Facebook)

Ukrainian director Roman Liubyi's documentary "Iron Butterflies" premiered in Europe at the Berlin International Film Festival as part of the Panoroma Documente Programme on Feb. 19. 

"Iron Butterflies" documents the shooting down of commercial airliner Malaysia Airlines MH17 over the Kremlin-created “Donetsk People’s Republic” sham republic in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

It also examines the Russian propaganda narratives designed to obscure the cause of the atrocity, and how the world has addressed this crime.

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The film features documentary footage of the event captured in 2014, combined with dramatic reconstructions and animations.

The film is a co-production between Ukraine and Germany and was produced by Andriy Kotlyar, Volodymyr Tykhyi, David Lechmer, Isabelle Bertolon, and Trini Götze.

The film has been entered in the Panorama competition program. Another full-length film by Ukrainian director Tonya Noyabrova, "Ty mene lubysh?" (Do You Love Me?), is also being presented within the Panorama program.

"Iron Butterflies" had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2023 in the World Documentary Competition program. It will be released in Ukraine in July 2023.

Director Roman Liubyi is also known for the documentary "War Notebook", which was created from personal videos captured by Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers with their phones and cameras. The film premiered in 2020.

The Berlinale International Film Festival will run until Feb. 26. The various competition programs feature a record number of Ukrainian films - six, as well as two films about Ukraine.

As a sign of support for Ukraine, the Berlinale changed this year the colors of the official festival badge, the bear, from gold to blue and yellow.

On the anniversary of the full-scale invasion, Feb. 24, the Berlinale will also hold a solidarity event with Ukraine.

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