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by Ivan Ostrochovský, Pavol Pekarčík


On a cold February morning, 12-year-old Niki and his family arrive at the Kharkiv metro station to take shelter from the terrifying war raging outside. For Niki's family, daylight is synonymous with mortal danger, and the boy is not allowed to leave the station premises, living under the constant glow of their neon lights. While aimlessly wandering around the abandoned cars and full platforms, Niki meets Vika (11), and a new world opens up to him. As their bond strengthens, the children find the courage once again to feel the sun on their faces.

international title: Photophobia
original title: Photophobia
country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine
year: 2023
genre: documentary
directed by: Ivan Ostrochovský, Pavol Pekarčík
film run: 71'
screenplay: Marek Lešcák, Ivan Ostrochovský, Pavol Pekarčík
cinematography by: Ivan Ostrochovský, Pavol Pekarčík
film editing: Ivan Ostrochovský, Pavol Pekarčík, Martin Piga
music: Roman Kurhan, Michal Novinski
producer: Ivan Ostrochovský, Albert Malinovský, Katarína Tomková, Kristýna Michálek Květová, Tomáš Michálek
co-producer: Helena Osvaldová, Denis Ivanov, Jakub Mahler, Pavol Pekarčík
production: Punkchart Films, Cinémotif Films, Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska - Radio and Television Slovakia, Arthouse Traffic, Czech Television - Česká televize, partizanfilm
backing: Slovak Audiovisual Fund - Audiovizuálny fond, Czech Film Center/Ceské filmové centrum + Czech Film Fund/Státního fondu kinematografie, Slovak Film Institute - Slovenský filmový ústav

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