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Vadim is twenty-two. He’s a sound engineer and a downer. He’s going to Canada in three months. Forever. Before the departure he’s assigned to record the voice of a very rare bird, which dwells only in the Transcarpathian mountains of Ukraine.
Antonio was born in Uzhgorod, Western Ukraine. He studied directing at Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University. His graduation short film “It Was Showering in Manchester” was awarded Best Short Film at Odesa IFF 2016. My Thoughts Are Silent is his debut. It has already won 1st prize at the Odesa IFF pitching session in 2017 and took home two main prizes for the work-in-progress sessions at Molodist IFF and Odessa IFF 2018.
Film Review: Vadim, a disillusioned young sound recordist struggling to make ends meet, is suddenly given an opportunity that could see him escape his hum-drum existence. He is tasked with gathering recordings of Ukrainian animals for a videogame being developed by a Canadian company - in particular the call of a rare and elusive duck. Along with his semi-estranged taxi-driving mother, a woman searching for an escape of her own, he sets off on his mission into rural Ukraine. Their relationship is the central emotional thread running through the film. My Thoughts Are Silent is the much-lauded feature film directorial debut of Antonio Lukich, who displays a remarkable assuredness in his direction and writing. Lukich clearly has a good cinematic eye - authentic locations are a regular feature of the film, as well as some laugh-out-loud, often farcical, moments of physical comedy. The film’s loose, laconic script allows the performances to shine through brilliantly, particularly that of Andriy Lidagovskiy as Vadim, with Lukich’s direction bringing a subtlety to the action. This is an offbeat road movie which balances scenes of hilarious excess with moments of quiet restraint. My Thoughts Are Silent, somewhat ironically, gives its audience an awful lot to talk about. Nick Comley