Domashni Igri

Home Games

Alina, a 20-year-old girl from Kyiv, has a chance to escape from poverty by football. She is about to join the Ukrainian national team, when life throws her a new challenge: Her mother dies, leaving two young siblings. Now, Alina must choose: football or family. „Few people know that in 1974, under the Soviet Union led by Brezhnev, the authorities banned women from playing football, claiming it was bad for their health. In Ukraine, it was not until perestroika that the first women's football club was founded in 1987. All the heroines of my childhood – these courageous girls whom I went to see playing on Sundays – had to reinvent their lives in adversity.“ (Alisa Kovalenko)

Director's Biography
Alisa Kovalenko
Alisa Kovalenko is a Ukrainian documentary director born in 1987. She studied filmmaking at the Karpenko-Kary Theatre and Cinema University of Kiev and at the Andrezj-Wajda School of Cinema in Warsaw. "Home Games" is her third documentary feature, following the very personal "Alisa in Warland" which describes her journey from Euromaidan to the war in the east.

Film Selection: Domashni Igri (Home Games, 2018, doc) - Alisa w krainie wojny (Alisa in Warland, 2015, doc) - Sister Zo (2014, doc) - Video-poetry of Maidan (2014) 
Competition Documentary 2019
Alisa Kovalenko
Ukraine / France / Poland 2018
86 minutes
Russian / Ukrainian
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Alisa Kovalenko
Cinematography Serhiy Stefan Stetsenko, Alisa Kovalenko
Editing Olha Zhurba
Sound/Sounddesign Mariya Nesterenko
Music Orianne Marsilli aka Ladylike Lily
With Alina Shylova, Regina Khalilova, Renat Khalilov, Nadia Karatchuk, Raisa Shylova, Roman Khalilov
Producer(s) Stéphane Siohan, Maxym & Valentyn Vasyanovych, Iya Myslytska, Miroslav Dembinski
East Roads Films, Studio Garmata Film, DocEdu Foundation
World Sales
Syndicado Film Sales
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere