Conic are set to give Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk‘s directorial feature debut Pamfir a UK and Irish cinema release. Today they tease us with a visually arresting UK Trailer.
The film made it’s world premiere at Cannes Film Festival in 2022, part of the director’s Fortnight. Last year the film picked many prizes including Raindance Film Festival with Best Cinematography.
The film follows a reformed ex-smuggler who returns to his home village to make a honest living. However this is a village steeped in corruption and is forced back into his old life, to a place which all rules have changed.
When reformed ex-smuggler Pamfir returns to home to his village on the Ukrainian border after working abroad for several years, he’s determined to earn an honest living and set a good example for his beloved teenage son Nazar. But in a town where corruption runs deep and crime and religion are inextricably linked, his plan is quickly thwarted when Nazar sets fire to the local church in a misguided effort to keep him at home. To pay for the damage, Pamfir must take on one last job for a crime syndicate operating a risky smuggling venture in a place where all the rules have changed.
Part drama, part thriller, part noir-inflected fairytale, Pamfir is violent, raw and bloody, but also a tender portrait of a family man trying to raise his son well despite his own shady past. Shot in long takes and set amid forests swirling with mist in the run up to the traditional ‘Malanka’ carnival — a wild pagan festival featuring straw costumes, wooden masks and centuries-old rites and traditions — this is a propulsive, genre-defying debut exploring the thin line between good and evil and fate vs free will in our complex modern world.
Pamfir will be released in UK and Irish cinemas from 5th May. Head over to Conic website to find out if there’s a screening near you.
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