Kill Your Darlings: Ukrainian Sheriffs

With a heavy heart, filmmakers delete scenes they love - because they don't fit the story or don't really add anything for instance. Here, the respective directors explain why they had to kill one of their darlings. This time, Roman Bondarchuk of Ukrainian Sheriffs.

"At the beginning we thought we needed many different sheriff's 'cases', to show the range of their duties, to dive deep into their daily lives. We had almost 200 hours of raw material and we edited everything into small episodes. The first cut was approximately five hours and we realised that it was time to kill several darlings.

This episode was part of the film until the sixth version of the cut (two hours), but finally it was omitted. First, it was quite similar to Kolya's case (family arguments). And second, it has a slightly sad feeling, and we wanted to keep the first summer's part of the film sunny and cheerful."

Ukrainian Sheriffs

  • Roman Bondarchuk
  • 2015
  • 80 min

    A tragicomic portrait of a two-man team of sheriffs in a remote Ukrainian village disturbed by everyday incidents and political developments.

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