The Wormwood Star

dir. Adelina Borets / Poland, Ukraine / 2018 / 15 min.

Section: New Faces


Director: Adelina Borets

Screenplay: Adelina Borets

Cinematography: Marianna Klein, Bogdan Borysenko

Editing: Malwina Wodzicka

Sound: Mikołaj Trybulec

Music: DachaBracha

Producers: Maciej Ślesicki

Production: Warsaw Film School

World sales: Warsaw Film School

Language: Ukrainian


Mali Klishchi village was founded in 1790. After the Chernobyl disaster all the residents were displaced. In June 1991 the village officially ceased to exist. Today only Nina and Alexander remain.


Female Eye Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Ecozine Film Festival, Polish Film Festival Los Angeles, International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra, Festiwal Filmów Ekologicznych im. Macieja Łukowskiego “Ekofilm” (1st Prize in the International Competition and Audience Award), Kinofilm Manchester International Short Film Festival, Demakijaż - Festiwal Kina Kobiet



 Adelina Borets was born in the industrial city, Mariupol, in the southeast of Ukraine. She has been practicing dance and ballet for over 12 years. In October 2015, when the war began in Ukraine, she left for Warsaw and enrolled in the acting department. In 2016 she entered the Warsaw Film School at the Faculty of Directing, where she received a scholarship and completed more than 10 short films, as well as her debut documentary film "The Wormwood Star". She has also directed a couple of music videos for Ukrainian artists, but her aim in life is to create her own author cinema.