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Biography

Sergey Bukovsky was born in 1960 in Bashkiria, the autonomous republic of the former Soviet Union. That same year, his father, film director Anatoly Bukovsky, and mother, actress Nina Antonova, brought him to Kiev.

“There was always a crowd of guests in our one-room flat; they were my parents’ friends. They would come together to celebrate either the first or the last day of filming, or the presentation of a film to the State Film Committee of the USSR, or dubbing, or additional filming, or the long-awaited start of distribution. My first childhood memories are associated with a trip to Baturin, where my father shot the film “Buryan” (“The Weeds”). I remember the sugary-sweet smell of makeup, the noise of the lighting trucks, and my father shouting, “Action!” I remember crying when a heroine was “killed” and yelling, “Vermin!”

Sergey Bukovsky studied directing in the Film Department at the Karpenko-Karyi Kiev State Institute of Theatrical Arts. After serving in the Soviet Army, he worked at the Ukrainian documentary film studio for more than a decade.

The 20-minute black-and-white film “Tomorrow is a Holiday”, shot in the first years of perestroika, received critical acclaim from the press, the film community, and audiences. 

During his 325-year film career,  Bukovsky made approximately 40 documentary films.  Some of them received awards at prestigious international film festivals. They include:  “Tomorrow is a Holiday” (1987), “Roof” (1990), “Dislocation” (1992), “The Hyphen” (1992), “To Berlin!” (1995), “Vilen Kalyuta. Real Light” (2000), “Terra Vermelha. Red Land” (2001), and the 9-part documentary series for television “War. The Ukrainian Account,” which was awarded the National Taras Shevchenko Prize of Ukraine in 2004.

“The difficulty in talking about this film (“War. The Ukrainian Account”) is that it is not only important as a cinematographic or television event… In Sergey Bukovsky’s film, for the first time, Ukraine acquired its own history of War World II.   The history that was not rolled up into the ideological asphalt for a military parade… The history that was not hastily-fastened with white threads of politics… It is a genuine documentary epic, in which history is presented accurately: as the tragedy of millions of human lives bloodied by the tornado of war. It is a history of total betrayal. It is a history of a nation betrayed by its authorities. It is a history of a nation that betrayed its own past”.
(Anna Sherman, “Telekritika” / 08.11.2002
)

From 1998 to 2003, Bukovsky taught courses in documentary directing at the Karpenko-Karyi Kiev State Institute of Theatrical Arts. His student Igor Strembitsky got Palm D’Or in Cannes in 2005 for his short documentary.

As a film director made about
40 documentaries including

  • 1982
    House of Childhood 35 mm, b/w, 10 min, 1982
  • 1985
    Forced March 35 mm, color, 10 min, 1985
  • 1987
    Tomorrow is a Holliday 35 mm, b/w, 20 min, 1987
  • 1988
    The Night was Dark 35 mm, b/w, 30 min, 1988
  • 1989
    Dream 35 mm, color, 55 min, 1989
  • 1990
    Roof 35 mm, color, 20 min, 1990
  • 1992
    Hyphen 35 mm, color, 59 min, 1992
  • 1992
    Dislocation 35 mm, color, 09 min, 1992
  • 1993
    Landscape. Portrait. Still live. 35 mm, color, 20 min, 1993
  • 1994
    Autumn’s Worry BETA SP, 30 min, 1994
  • 1995
    To Berlin! 35 mm, b/w, 29 min, 1995
  • 1995
    Category of Heat BETA SP, 30 min, 1995
  • 1996
    Ten Years of Isolation BETA SP, 35 min, 1996
  • 1999
    Bridge BETA SP, 35 min, 1999
  • 2000
    Vilen Kaljuta. Genuine light BETA SP, 59 min, 2000
  • 2001
    Terra Vermelha (Red Land) 16 mm, 30 min, 2001
  • 2002
    War. Ukrainian account BETA SP, 9 films (26 min each), 2002
  • 2004
    More then love BETA SP, 40 min, 2004
  • 2004
    Dialogues BETA SP, 40 min, 2004
  • 2006
    Spell Your Name 35 mm, 90 min, 2006
  • 2007
    Everyone must die (TV serial) HD, 90 min, 2007
  • 2008
    The Living HD, 75 min, 2008
  • 2011
    Ukraine. Starting Point HD, 75 min, 2011
  • 2016
    Leading Role DCP, 63 min, 2016

Awards

  • 1993
    Diploma of the Jury IFF Krakow/Poland 1987,1993
  • 1992
    Diploma of the Jury IFF Amsterdam/Netherlands 1992
  • 1992
    Diploma of the Jury IFF Nyon/Switzerland 1992
  • 1993
    Special Diploma of the Film Critics IFF “Message to Men” St-Petersburg/Russia 1993
  • 1993
    Grand Prix IFF Mediawave Gyor/Hungary 1993
  • 1987
    Grand Prix IFF Molodist Kiev/Ukraine 1987
  • 1992
    Prize for the Best Film IFF ARTSalon Potsdam/Germany 1992
  • 1990
    Prize for the Best Short Film “Golden Dove” IFF Lepzig /Germany 1990
  • 2004
    National State Honor Award named by Taras Shevchenko 2004
  • 2005
    Grand Prix Ukrainian National fest ‘Teletriuph”, 2005
  • 2016
    “Zolota Dzyga” for Best Documentary of Ukrainian Film Academy, 2016
  • 2016
    “Zolotyi Diuk” for Best Documentary at Odesa International Film Festival, 2016