Fragile Memory

Written and directed by Igor Ivanko, co-written by Mariia Ponomarova, young filmmaker Igor finds a hidden and unpublished photo archive of his grandfather Leonid Burlaka, a famous Soviet cinematographer. Discovering a man that he never knew well enough through the damaged pictures, he gets closer to his grandpa suffering with dementia, facing the tension between memory and forgetting.

This film does not follow your average route of exploring the lost moments of a filmmaker, instead it follows a path of celebrating memories of a beloved family member before they are lost. Fragile Memory is bathed in a tone of admiration, Igor Ivanko clearly shows his respect for his grandfather, and his achievements, and a desire to learn as much as he can while he has the chance. The style he chooses to explore these moments of the past is one that’s very natural and off the cuff, capturing candid moments.

Rebecca Cherry, Film Carnage

Language: Ukranian, Russian, Polish
Subtitles: Estonian, English

  • Name in Original Language: Крихка пам‘ять / Fragile Memory
  • Director: Igor Ivanko
  • Country: Ukraine, Slovakia
  • Year: 2022
  • Length: 85 mn
  • Cinematography: Igor Ivanko, Illia Yehorov
  • Editing: Igor Kosenko
  • Audio: Karina Rezhevska
  • Music: Marek Piaček
  • Production: Burlaka Films, Peter Kerekes Ltd. was


  • Cinema Artis, hall 1: Sunday, 5.02 - 17:45