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dir. Mariia Ponomarova / Netherlands, Ukraine / 2023 / 8’ / Polish premiere

Three Windows to South West




Kinoteka, plac Defilad 1, Warszawa, Polska

Director(s): Mariia Ponomarova
Writer(s): Mariia Ponomarova
Cinematography: Mariia Ponomarova
Editing: Mariia Ponomarova
Sound: Sergio Gonzalez Cuervo
Music: -
Producer(s): Mariia Ponomarova
Production: Mariia Ponomarova
World sales: ShortsFit
Language(s): Ukrainian, Russian



Three windows on the southwest and a balcony on the southeast are what you can see of Mariia’s apartment on the facade. In three conversations, Mariia reflects on her experiences related to the place of her upbringing in Kyiv and attempts to reclaim the image of her home back.



Sheffield Doc/Fest, Ischia Film Festival



Mariia Ponomarova (1991, Kyiv) is a film director, screenwriter, and creative producer of Ukrainian origin based in the Netherlands. Mariia studied at the Karpenko-Karyi Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema & Television in Ukraine graduating cum laude in 2013. In 2016 Mariia graduated from the Master of Film artistic research program at the Netherlands Film Academy. Short films written and directed by Mariia were selected for such festivals as Vancouver IFF, Sarajevo FF, Molodist IFF, VIS Vienna Shorts, Go Short ISFF, and more. Mariia's debut as a producer in the documentary field, “Fragile Memory”, was part of the IDFA 2022 Best of Fests programme, while previously receiving Jury Mentions at the Krakow FF and DocAviv in addition to a Special Jury Prize at the Sarajevo FF. Her first produced fiction short “The Diaper Cake” was selected to such festivals as Palm Springs SFF, Chicago IFF, Short Shorts FF, InterfilmBerlin ISFF, La Guarimba FF, Molodist IFFand keeps traveling the world. Currently, Mariia is working on her first feature fiction film “The Right Answer” (selected for Boost NL programme - HFM/CineMart), and a documentary feature debut as a director “Nice Ladies” (IDFAcademy 2021).


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