World Premiere:

FEB 18 – 18:15, Delphi Filmpalast


FEB 19 – 16:00, Cubix 7

FEB 25 – 10:30, Zoopalast 5

26 – 13:30, Delphi Filmpalast

Directors Piotr Pawlus and Tomasz Wolski and are available for Interviews.

IN UKRAINE (W UKRAINIE) by Piotr Pawlus and Tomasz Wolski is celebrating its world premiere in the Forum section at the Berlin International Film Festival 2023.

Without showing the war but its consequences, IN UKRAINE is a journey deep into the shelled-out state, in the hope of capturing “the new normal” of the Ukrainian people.


As Western World struggled to understand the atrocities of the Russian army in Ukraine, Euro- pean citizens joined forces to welcome nearly 8 million refugees fleeing the country. What hap- pened to those who stayed or who returned home? Can home even be called “home” under these circumstances? Filmmakers Piotr Pawlus and Tomasz Wolski depart on a challenging mission to show, rather than tell, what is going on in shelled-out cities and burnt-down villages.

Tomasz Wolski graduated from Wajda School and holds a PhD from the Lodz Film School. He worked as a director, scriptwriter, editor and DoP for over a dozen films awarded worldwide. His latest feature-length documentary „1970“ screened at more than 50 international festivals and won numerous awards, including Visions du Réel, Krakow Film Festival, Zagrebdox, Festival Film Dokumenter, and Batumi International Art House Film Festival. He edited “Babi Yar. Context” and “The Kiev Trial” by Sergei Loznitsa, “A Diary of a Journey” and “21xNY” by Piotr Stasik, and “Horse Riders” by Anna Gawlita. He is a member of the European Film Academy.

Piotr Pawlus graduated in Cinematography and Photography from the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School. He is a graduate of the Krakow School of Screenwriting and winner of the school’s treatment award for the feature film “Dreamer”. He creates documentaries, feature films and commercials in Poland and abroad. His work has been awarded at numerous international film festivals, including Gdynia Film Festival, Film and Music Festival Küstendorf, Koszalin Film Debut Festival „Youth and Film“, Poland, 11 Go Short – Short IFF, Netherlands.

IN UKRAINE is produced by Anna Gawlita of KIJORA FILM. She has been awarded Best Producer at Era New Horizons International Film Festival and Krakow Film Festival. She worked on acclaimed documentary films, e.g. by Tomasz Wolski, Piotr Stasik, and Aleksandra Maciuszek. She also produced feature-length fiction films, amongst them “Hurrah, we are still alive!” by Agnieszka Polska (AGBO Fellowship Award Winner at Slamdance Film Festival) and co-produced „Slovo“ by Beata Parkanová (Best Director and Best Actor at Karlovy Vary IFF). She is a PhD student at the Lodz Film School and member of the European Film Academy.

IN UKRAINE is a KIJORA FILM production in co-production with INDI FILM. It was made with the support of the Polish Film Institute.

83 min. / Poland, Germany 2023 / Color / Documentary




Stills: © Kijora