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Porcelain War

Porcelain War

Porcelain War

Dir. Brendan Bellomo, Slava Leontyev
87 min

Co-Director Brendan Bellomo Attending 4/18 Screening

Amidst the chaos and destruction of the brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine, three artists defiantly find inspiration and beauty as they defend their culture and their country. In a war waged by professional soldiers against ordinary civilians, Slava Leontyev, Anya Stasenko and Andrey Stefanov choose to stay behind, armed with their art, their cameras and, for the first time in their lives, their guns.

Despite daily shelling, Anya finds resistance and purpose in her art, Andrey takes the dangerous journey to get his young family to safety abroad, and Slava becomes a weapons instructor for ordinary people who have become unlikely soldiers. As the war intensifies, Andrey picks up his camera to film their story, and on tiny porcelain figurines, Anya and Slava capture their idyllic past, uncertain present and hope for the future.

Co-directed by Leontyev and Brendan Bellomo, with extraordinary footage from first-time cinematographer Stefanov, Porcelain War embodies the passion and fight that only an artist can put back into the world when it’s crumbling around them.

Film Details

Release Year: 2024
Runtime: 87 min
Country/Region: Ukraine, USA, Australia
Language: Ukrainian, Russian
Print Source: Imaginary Lane
Tags: Arts, Documentary, Guest Attending, Human Rights, War


Director: Brendan Bellomo, Slava Leontyev
Executive Producer: Al Hicks, Luke Mazzaferro, Rob Galluzzo, Linda A. Cornfield, David J. Cornfield, Sheri Sobrato, Jeffrey Sobrato, Lisa Sobrato Sonsini, Andrea Cayton, Garrett Cayton, Ginny Jordan, Georgia Welles, Robina Riccitiello, Josh Peters, James Balog, Joe Barnathan, Kevin Marciano
Producer: Aniela Sidorska, Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, Camilla Mazzaferro, Olivia Ahnemann
Cinematographer: Andrey Stefanov
Screenwriter: Aniela Sidorska, Brendan Bellomo, Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, Slava Leontyev
Editor: Brendan Bellomo, Aniela Sidorska, Kelly Cameron
Composer: DakhaBrakha