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Sad Face


The new Law has just taken effect. So now, despite intolerable living conditions, everyone’s duty is to be happy and to smile continually. Those with sad faces are deemed to be traitors and are sentenced to cruel punishment.

Director Biography - Roman Kirichenko

Roman Kirichenko was born on November 3rd, 1979 in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine. He graduated from Zaporizhzhya National University (ZNU) in 2004 and from Ukrainian Institute of advanced studies of television, radio and press in 2006, Kyiv (speciality - directing). Roman started his career as a director in 2001, working for the Zaporizhzhya Regional State TV and Radio Broadcasting Company. After that he moved to Kyiv in 2010 and joined the team of the largest Ukrainian National TV-channel – STB. He worked as a director and chief director of socio-documentary projects for STB. Roman still works for STB. He finished a course of drama for scriptwriters and directors by the famous Russian director Alexander Mitta in 2011. He also attended seminars by the American screenplay consultant Dr. Linda Seger in 2013. The short-film “Sad face” is his debut short feature film.

Our Review

Set in a completely broken & devastated period of time. Citizens deal with cruel punishment and unfair laws put in place by the totalitarian Government. Sad face is a kind of film that sticks with you. The ideas are unique, original and extremely powerful because of its use of Freedom for expression. Can one's own emotions like sadness and happiness become a forced decision? What would that kind of World feel like? where the Government is able to put any sort of restriction on society by instilling fear into the people. Composition, color, and lighting are a treat to the eyes. Visually stunning and spectacular frames in each scene. Every cast have performed so well that the emotions linger even after hours of watching this short film. Kudos to team 'Sad Face'..


  • Roman Kirichenko Director

  • Roman Kirichenko Writer

  • Olga Beznosko Producer

  • Stanislav Karpenko Producer

  • Sergey Malyuga Key Cast

  • Sergey Radchenko Key Cast

  • Timur Aslanov Key Cast

  • Ksenia Kozhuhova Key Cast

  • Andrew Koval Director of Photography

  • Aleksandr Shymko Composer


  • Project Type: Feature, Short

  • Genres: film-dystopia, drama

  • Runtime: 20 minutes

  • Completion Date: October 31, 2015

  • Country of Origin: Ukraine

  • Country of Filming: Ukraine

  • Language: Russian

  • Shooting Format: 4k

  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9

  • Film Color: Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: Yes

  • Student Project: No

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