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A porcelain owl peeking out of a hole in a wall.

SFFILM Festival

Porcelain War

Directed by Brendan Bellomo, Slava Leontyev

Ukraine | Documentary | 90

26 Apr
Fri, Apr 26 at 8:45 pm PT

Guests Expected

Directors Slava Leontyev and Brendan Bellomo; associate producer/subject Anya Stasenko; producers Aniela Sidorska, Paula DuPre' Pesmen, and Camilla Mazzaferro; and translator Kateryna Lapino are expected to attend


When the Russians invade Ukraine, husband-and-wife artists Slava and Anya, their faithful dog Frodo, and dear friend Andrey, seize their destiny as they choose to stay and fight. Setting aside their civilian life and past selves, Slava and Andrey join a special ops unit on the frontlines, while Anya makes delicate porcelain art amid constant bombardment. Made in partnership with US-based co-director Brendan Bellomo, these first- time film collaborators steel themselves against the atrocities of war by cherishing spring blossoms, lifelong friendships, and long walks through their beautiful, ravaged country. It is rare for a documentary to capture a war unfolding in real time with such lucidity, while also transcending the immediacy of violence to celebrate the indomitable power of the human spirit. Buoyed by a passion for living and charming animated sequences, this Sundance Documentary Grand Jury prize-winner vividly depicts the human need to create and compulsion to survive.

Director Brendan Bellomo

Brendan Bellomo (Director, Writer, Editor) was the recipient of a 2009 Student Academy Award® for Live Action Narrative. Bellomo’s passion for storytelling was first sparked when he was a child. Beginning his career in visual effects, he supervised the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Oscar® nominee for Best Picture Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight). Most recently, Bellomo was the executive producer on the Netflix Original Chupa.

Director Slava Leontyev

Slava Leontyev is a porcelain artist who makes his filmmaking debut with Porcelain War.

Film Details

Language English, Russian

Year 2024

Premiere California

Runtime 90

Country Ukraine/USA/Russia

Director Brendan Bellomo, Slava Leontyev

Executive Producer Al Hicks, Luke Mazzaferro, Rob Galluzzo, Linda A. Cornfield, David J. Cornfield, Sheri Sobrato, Jeffrey Sobrato, Lisa Sobrato Sonsini, Ginny Jordan,, Georgia Welles, Garrett Cayton, Andrea Cayton, Robina Riccitiello, Josh Peters, James Balog, Joe Barnathan, Kevin Marciano

Producer Aniela Sidorska, Paula DuPre' Pesmen, Camilla Mazzaferro, Olivia Ahnemann

Writer Aniela Sidorska, Brendan Bellomo, Paula DuPre' Pesmen, Slava Leontyev

Editor Brendan Bellomo, Aniela Sidorska, Kelly Cameron

Cinematographer Andrey Stefanov

Music DakhaBrakha

Closed Captions Closed Captions are confirmed for this program

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not yet confirmed for this program

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently scheduled for this film