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“I try to talk about reality, and preferably frankly,” says the director who took part in 27 film competitions, including the prestigious Berlinale Film Festival. He even won a prize at Portugal’s Algarve Festival.

His two best-known films abroad depict Ukraine’s darker side. The first, “Diagnosis,” is a film about Ukrainian young drug addicts. “Deafness” portrays the life of deaf people. Despite its tiny budget of just 300 euros, “Deafness” was the director’s bridge to international recognition. “This film was shown even in Antarctica,” Slaboshpytskyi says.

“Of course you have to raise problematic questions to get enlisted at world famous festivals, but that’s not a panacea,” he said. Only good films can make it through the selection process, he added, and festival juries value fresh and bold ideas over trendy topics.

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