First Session

A tragicomic story about a depressed girl who decides to commit suicide at home. At the last moment, she is stopped by an annoying doorbell. When she opens it, she sees a courier who has come to see her [Ksenia] by mistake. Ksenia realizes that the stranger has saved her life and realizes the need to finally go to her first psychotherapy session.
Then, together with the protagonist, we get to know the therapist, who says important things. These truths will be highlighted in the denouement.
In the evening, Ksenia meets her friends at a bar and wants to order a drink, but the bartender asks her if she really needs it. In a few seconds, Ksenia realizes that this is the same courier who saved her in the morning. Maybe he doesn't exist in reality? She recalls the words of her therapist: Ksenia has something inside her that stops her from doing harmful things, and protects her. This is how the puzzle is put together.
The ending remains open: we don't know for sure whether Ksenia continued to drink alcohol and harm herself even more, or whether she started going to psychotherapy regularly... However, we are left with the knowledge that each of us has a kind of guardian angel in our lives. This gives us hope.

  • Zlata Svyda
  • Zlata Svyda
  • Oleh Kryvenko
  • Zlata Svyda
    Key Cast
  • Nestor Ozerianskyi
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Перший сеанс
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
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  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - SKVOT
Director Biography - Zlata Svyda

Zlata Svyda is a Ukrainian female artist from Zakarpattia (Transcarpathia). Currently based in Kyiv. She is 26 years old.

She struggles with bipolar disorder. Now she is on treatment.

Her first short film, 'First Session', is about mental health problems.

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Director Statement

In my country we have war with russia. A lot of people need support and medical help. I want to convey it via cinema.

I hope you would like to check out my story. Thank you.