Oleg Sentsov is a Ukrainian filmmaker, Euromaidan activist and native of Crimea. After the Russian annexation of Crimea, he became an active opponent of the occupation. In May 2014 he was arrested by the Russian security service, charged with planned terrorist attacks and transported to Moscow. After over a year in custody, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, despite the fact that the testimonies were given under duress and evidence was insufficient. Sentsov never pled guilty.

Director Askold Kurov follows the progress of the trial and the attempts of Oleg’s family, friends and lawyers to save him from prison. The notorious case inspired protests around the world: the European Film Academy and many renowned filmmakers such as Pedro Almodovar, Wim Wenders, Agnieszka Holland, Ken Loach, Johnny Depp and others called for Oleg’s release. Kurov’s investigation gradually reveals an absurd and frightening Kafkaesque story about how anyone can become a victim of a ruthless state machine.


Askold Kurov
Maria Gavrilova, Max Tuula, Dariusz Jabłoński, Izabela Wójcik, Violetta Kamińska
Alena Müllerová
Askold Kurov, Andrii Lytvynenko
Askold Kurov
Michał Leszczyłowski, Evgeny Zaozernykh
Original music:
Sorin Apostol
Executive producers:
Olga Zhurzhenko, Jiří Vlach, Max Tuula, Maria Gavrilova
Color grading/Graphic design:
mental dRive studio
Sorin Apostol with participation of Fahot Production House
Key characters:
Oleg Sentsov, Dmitry Dinze, Natalya Kaplan, Gennady Afanasyev, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Alina Sentsova, Vlad Sentsov, Ludmila Sentsova, Kirill Rogov, Svetlana Sidorkina, Alexander Popkov
World sales:
Rise and Shine World Sales