DIARY OF A BRIDE OF CHRIST
MONDAY 22 JUNE 2020
Marché du Film Online
Original title: Tschodennyk Narechenoi Christa
Directed by: Marta Smerechynska
Produced by: Natalia Libet, Vitaliy Sheremetiev (Digital Religion LLC, Ukraine)
Country of production: Ukraine
Runtime: 52' & 90'
Expected release: April 2021
Budget: €128,000 (4% in place)
1st feature: 1st feature
Looking for: Co-producers, distributors, TV buyers who can join the project with some funding; a sales agent and festival programmers for the film's future; an editor-consultant and a feedback
When her sister, at 13, decided to become a nun, the film director, outraged, tried to stop her. Six years later, she started filming in her sister’s new home – in the nunnery.
Marta Smerechynska is a documentary filmmaker and actress. She studied at the National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and TV University in Kyiv. Also, she participated in the international documentary filmmaking exchange with the Polish-French Film Academy Kinographe in Grenoble. She has been exploring an actor’s component in human nature in cinema and theatre for eight years. But the desire to turn her observation into cinematic form drove Marta into film directing. For the second year now she has been filming the female convent in Western Ukraine where her younger sister is a nun. This is her first feature.