National competition DOCU/UKRAINE

Tales of a Toy Horse

director: Ulyana Osovska, Deni Strashny
Ukraine, Estonia202175’
Original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles.
Original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles.
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A former anti-Soviet activist, today a monk living among the people, and also an artist, Anatoliy lives in an ancient stone tower in the centre of Tallinn. Every day, he prays for nature and creates handmade books. Since the beginning of the war in the east of Ukraine, Anatoliy has been bringing humanitarian aid to the Donbas regularly. He also collects kind stories from the war, because he promised to find something good every day. He is accompanied on his volunteer mission by a small wooden horse, who becomes the protagonist of the tales from the frontline.

Each of the five films in the DOCU/UKRAINE competition programme becomes available for watching after an online live stream of a Tête-à-tête with the film’s director. The conversations are streamed every evening at 7:00 p.m. on 27–31 March. We invite you to watch the Tê­te-à-tê­te: Ulya­na Oso­vska, De­nis Stra­shny & Da­ria Ba­dior Ta­les of a Toy Hor­se



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