Experiencing Interruptions?


Even at night, Maya cannot escape thoughts of work. In her dreams, she envisions her colleagues conducting a meeting in her own room. She attempts to fit in, but the dream takes a terrifying turn, transforming into a genuine nightmare: everyone screams, paper flies, and the room becomes engulfed in a storm. The next morning, Maya heads to work as usual, listening to a motivational speech from another highly productive individual. Maya appears motivated and efficient on the surface, but underneath, she is an exhausted young woman plagued by nervous tic, forgetfulness, and anxiety.
After paying a visit to her roommate, Maya discovers that today is actually Saturday. Now, as a genuine workaholic, someone who always feels they haven't done enough, she must choose between dedicating her weekend to pursuing success or taking a much-needed break to rejuvenate and regain strength.

  • Aryna Tsyltsyna
    Editor, Writer
  • Aryna Tsyltsyna
  • Ivan Mozhar
    Director of Photography
  • Yana Kirnoz
    Key Cast
  • Alina Volchek
    Key Cast
    "Alina, Neighbor"
  • Kirill Lyalugo
    Key Cast
    "Project Manager "
  • Ivan Moroz
    Key Cast
    "Tester "
  • Fedor Petrykin
    Key Cast
  • Karina Kastusik
    Key Cast
    "Mom "
  • Natalia Ilyina
    Key Cast
    "Marketer "
  • Slava Ankudinov
    Key Cast
    "Customer "
  • Bogdan Kartashov
    Voice Actor
  • Yana Vasilevskaya
    2nd Director
  • Maria Bureiko
    Set Designer
  • Stas Nikonekno
    Camera Mechanic
  • Dmitry Mikhailovich
    Lighting Designers
  • Anna Mikhailovich
    Lighting Designers
  • Alexander Goncharov
    Lighting Designers
  • Alexandra Yaromko
    Focus Puller
  • Yaroslav Serafimovich
    Sound Engineer
  • Alexandra Shaituro
    Sound Designer
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    Feature, Short
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    4 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 20, 2023
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Director Biography - Aryna Tsyltsyna

Aryna Tsyltsyna, born on August 20, 2003, is a talented and accomplished individual from Minsk, Belarus. She has a strong academic background and a passion for the arts, particularly in the field of filmmaking.
Studying in Gymnasium №4 (graduation date: June 2020), Aryna became interested in filmmaking. She completed the "Television Direction" course at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts in 2019–2020, where she gained valuable insights and expertise in her chosen field.

After that, she continued honing her skills and fully embarked on a professional journey in directing, scriptwriting, and editing. Aryna pursued online education through the "Building Your Screenplay" course offered by the University of Cambridge in 2021 and the “Hollywood: History, Industry, and Art” course offered by the University of Pennsylvania in 2022.
Since 2020, she has created approximately 20 works. Her creative endeavors have led her to participate in nine international film festivals across the United States, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Moldova, Turkey, and Russia, where her work has been well-received and recognized.
She has worked on self-started projects and private orders, which encompass various genres such as music videos, interviews, short documentary films, and short fictional narratives.

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Director Statement

My film “Balance” serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of finding a healthy work-life balance. Through the journey of the main character, I explore the consequences of workaholism on mental health and life in general: nervousness, poor sleep, anxiety, and fear of failure. In this film, I challenge the prevailing notion of constant burnout as a badge of honor and instead emphasize the importance of nurturing a harmonious equilibrium in life.
To sum up the idea of the film, we can conclude that maintaining a delicate balance between work and rest is the key to achieving true success and happiness.