Peace for Nina

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Peace for Nina

Original title: Мир для Ніни

Directed by: Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych

Produced by: Lyuba Knorozok (PE Lyuba Knorozok, Ukraine), Dea Gjinovci (Astrae Productions, Switzerland)

Country of production: Ukraine, Switzerland

Runtime: 90' / 52’

Expected release: November, 2022

Production stage: Post Production

Budget: €149,700 (60% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Finishing funds, festivals, sales/distributors


In a country at war, a Ukrainian mother channels her grief into action as she seeks justice for her son’s murder by a russian mercenary. Will Nina succeed in breaking the cycle of violence plaguing her family and finally find peace?

Director’s profile:

Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych is a film director and producer from Kyiv, Ukraine. Following her graduation from the Institute of Journalism of Kyiv State University in 2000, she worked in media and television where she started her career as a journalist and scriptwriter. As a producer she has taken part in launching MTV in Ukraine, and also managing various Ukrainian TV projects. She directed and wrote her first short fiction film Boxers in 2010. Today, Zhanna mostly works in the documentary field, focusing on social-issue films. Her works participated at such film festivals as GoEast IFF, BEAST IFF, Lisbon Film Preview, Odessa IFF, Docudays UA, Inconvenient Films Festival and received awards at DocuBaku (Azerbaijan), Molodist IFF, Dream city and Open Night film festival in Ukraine. As well as broadcasted on Ukrainian Public TV and in cinemas. She is the Head of Ukrainian Director’s Guild.

Producer’s profile:

Lyuba Knorozok is a film producer based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Among her latest projects are the documentary Infinity According to Florian by Oleksiy Radynski (World premiere at the Rotterdam IFF 2022) and fiction film Citizens of the Cosmos by Anton Vidokle (World Premiere at the Berlinale in 2020). She also worked as a production manager at the film Donbass by Sergei Loznitsa, 2018 (which won Un Certain Regard for Best Director at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival) and Frost by Sharunas Bartas, 2017 as line producer. Her films participated in various film festivals, such as DOK Leipzig, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Nowe Horyzonty IFF and many others and received awards at Docudays UA, Molodist IFF, Kyiv ISFF etc. Lyuba Knorozok is the member of DAE (Documentary Association of Europe) and EWA European Women’s Audiovisual Network, and a participant of Berlinale Talents 2022.