Lost hopes

A middle-aged couple, Nadya and Mihaylo, refugees from Donetsk, buy an old house in the village. Nadya’s elderly mother did not want to move to the capital and remained in Makiyivka.
Nadya and Mihaylo have just sent their only son Andriy to study in Poland, hoping that it would open new perspectives for him in Europe.
The previous owner of the house, Masha, explains that she is selling it after the death of her grandmother due to the need for money. The granddaughter does not warn Nadya and Mihaylo that she left a bunch of family photos and grandmother’s things in the house. The new owners find whole generations of the same family on the walls, old photos of great-grandparents, small children and grandchildren.
Nadya and Mihaylo try to contact Masha and her husband Anatoliy, begging them to take the family heirlooms. But in vain. Meanwhile, Nadya finds unsent letters from the grandmother in the house and realizes that she had been waiting for her children and grandchildren, who stopped visiting her. The neighbour Svyeta, whose old mother was a friend with the deceased grandmother, gives the new owners a letter with a last will, which the grandmother asked to pass on to her relatives, if she would not have seen them.
After long hesitations, the couple reads the letter from grandmother Nadya, and decides to fulfil her last will…
(English subtitles included in video)

  • Kateryna Serheieva
    Director
  • Kateryna Serheieva
    Writer
  • Kateryna Serheieva
    Producer
  • Andrii Tanabash
    Producer
  • Oksana Voskanian
    Producer
  • Oksana Voskanian
    Key Cast
    "Nadia"
  • Mihailo Ozerov
    Key Cast
    "Misha"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Покинуті надії
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short
  • Runtime:
    32 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Ukraine
  • Country of Filming:
    Ukraine
  • Language:
    Ukrainian
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Boden International Film Festival
    Boden
    Sweden
    September 11, 2021
    Sweden Premiere
    Finalist
  • New York Istanbul Short Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    October 7, 2022
    Turkey Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Kateryna Serheieva

Kateryna Serheieva (24/10/1979).Was born in Kiev- Ukrainian actress, director, filmmaker, screenwriter, producer of shortfilm.
1996 -2001 graduated from the Karpenko Kary University of Film and Television Theater (Kiev) with an award.
2017 year-started working as a producer of short films. As a producer and actress working on a film
Shortfilm "Rotate"(director M.Marchenko) in 2017 and after this film became the winner of the StarShot film festival, who organized the film company «Starmedia»
(Russia), took 1nd place.
In 2018 she wrote a theatrical script based on the novels by André Maurois, which became a bright theatrical production on one of the modern Kiev theater stages. After that, as a director and screenwriter, she shot the film "The Good Daughter"(2019) and was awarded by the jury at the German Film Festival in Karlsruhe. In 2020, another melodrama by Katerina Sergeeva “My Darling Bentley” was completed, a kind story about the loneliness of the mistress and her dog Bentley after the departure of her husband and a difficult relationship with her teenage daughter. In 2021, despite the pandemic, another film was shot together with a reliable team with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Fund

Works in the "Personality" theater (Kiev), as well as dubbing actress. Acting in serials, full-length and short films in Ukraine (2001-2021)

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