Boy of War

a film by Cyprien Clement-Delmas, Igor Kosenko

Boy of War

Czech Republic, Germany | 2018 | 79:00 min

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"Why are you here? Are you mentally sick? Do you want to kill people?“ the Ukrainian military commander asks the 18-year-old recruit Artiom.

Artiom is 18 years old and has just one wish: to go to war and fight for his homeland, Ukraine. Everything else comes second. He dresses in camouflage, watches war videos online, and in his free time practices battle scenes with his friends. Or at least they think they are battle scenes. As a child, he only sees the surface of the war. And he has the bad luck that the fighting rages so tantalizingly close. This observational documentary studies the cult of war in a post-Soviet setting where those who succumb to the allure of battle are the least suitable and least predisposed to fighting – a fact perfectly illustrated by Artiom’s final struggle with the reality of war.

See also prequel THE LAST TAPE. As Artiom prepares to fight for the Ukrainian army Anatoly his 88-year-old grandfather and war veteran records their diminishing time together and questions his choice. 12min © 2016
Student Jury Award - Jihlava IDFF, Czech Republic
Special Jury Mention - Jihlava IDFF, Czech Republic

VFF Documentary Production Award - DOK.fest Munich, Germany
BelDocs IDFF, Belgrade Serbia
Cast and Crew
  • Director Cyprien Clement-Delmas, Igor Kosenko
  • Producer Fabian Driehorst
  • Director of Photography Ivan Castiñeiras
  • Editor Oscar Loeser, Martin Reimers
  • Sound Andrii Nidzelskyi
  • Sound Design Sandra Klouzová
  • Score Matouš Hejl
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Production Company
Fabian&Fred GmbH
Elbchaussee 28, 22765 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 33442740
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