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Synopsis: ‘Vlada goes to London’ follows the story of a Ukrainian immigrant Vlada (24), who works as a pizza delivery girl in Haifa, Israel, and dreams of becoming a famous DJ. She’s lucky to get an invitation from a little festival in London, but she must urgently get funds for a flight ticket. Vlada doesn’t have money in the bank. Her single mother works as a cleaner, and her roommate doesn’t work and doesn’t pay bills. This fast-paced provocative social drama sheds light on the nervous job of the deliveries and the struggles of young creative immigrants.

Language

Hebrew, Russian

Run Time

22 minutes

Starring

Shely Nave (Vlada)
Yarden Tuizer (Pizza Manager)
Oren Hagany (Amit)
Yulia Burichin (Alina)

Directed by

Arti Savchenko

Executive Producer

Nir Assayag

Edited by

Naaman Hoffman

Production Designer

Arti Savchenko

Cinematographer

Ruslan Yudovsky

Director's Statement

My goal is to surprise and entertain without distorting the truth. I want to appreciate the viewer’s time and not letting him get bored for a minute. In my film “Vlada Goes to London,” I wanted to talk on the one hand about the lack of options through the difficult life of young creative immigrants and about the struggles that accompany them. Either about indifference and society’s lack of empathy towards them. On the other hand, I wanted to talk about the fact that everyone gets what they deserve. Vlada is arrogant, nervous, pessimistic, her feelings and thoughts are crooked because of the drugs that surround her, and it doesn’t allow her to succeed.
Stylistically I wanted to juxtapose the beauty of the Haifa city landscapes with the harshness of the protagonist’s reality. I wanted to captivate audiences with this interplay of locations and characters, and fast ‘nervous’ editing accompanied by a dark electronic soundtrack. By telling the story of one broken dream, I hoped to evoke compassion for creative people without funds.

Director's Bio

Arti Savchenko is an Israeli filmmaker who was born in USSR, Ukraine and emigrated to Israel at age 14. He finished Tel-Aviv Minshar School of Art with Honorable Mention. His graduate film “Vlada Goes to London” had its world premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and international premiere at Palm Springs ShortFest. Arti has a background in music, theatre, writing, and worked as a script supervisor in several feature films. Among others: “Esau” with Oscar-nominated Harvey Keitel and “Shake Your Cares Away” with Oscar-nominated Bérénice Bejo. Arti is currently developing his first feature-length script in Tel Aviv.

Country of Origin

Israel

Production Year

2020

Official Website

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