Move East Movie: Numbers

5 September 2020 | 20.00-21.45 | Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 patio

dir. Oleg Sentsov
UKR / POL / FRA / CZE , 2019, 104

“Numbers” is one of the most extraordinary film projects of recent years. It was directed by Oleg Sentsov while still in prison, over 6, 000 km from the film set, through his lawyer and letters sent to the producers and crew. Based on Sentsov’s own play, this dystopian tale in which characters are assigned numbers instead of names, talks about power that corrupts and about enslavement that breaks people. In 2014, Oleg Sentsov was arrested on charges of planning terrorist acts. He had protested against the illegal occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. A year later, a Russian court sentenced him to 20 years in a strict penal colony. In June 2018, Sentsov started a hunger protest, remotely directing „Numbers” at the same time. On September 7, 2019, Oleksandr Sentsov was released as part of an exchange negotiated by the Ukrainian and Russian authorities.
Polish filmmakers played a major part in the making of this film: Adam Sikora (cinematography), Jarosław Kamiński (editing) and Bartłomiej Woźniak and Wojciech Mielimąka (sound). The polish producer of the film is Apple Film Production, a studio managed by Dariusz Jabłońskim director and producer, president of the Polish Film Academy.