Ukraine, 1996. 5 months before the moratorium on the death penalty, two old friends, a police detective and a forensic psychiatrist, investigate a murder of their colleague.
In some respects, Sotnychenko’s ”La Palisiada” gives the ultimate answer why so many are interested in ‘90s Ukraine and so many reluctant to speak of it. It is a frustrating answer, because in many ways it tells us we’ll never know the truth. The only answer in the film is its title which is a made-up, portmanteau-word composed from pleonasm ”lapalissade” and ”La Policiada” but being neither. But the film itself is in fact both, police story and lapalissade (a term for the tautological repetition of obvious truth). – Serhii Ksaverov, Fipresci
100 min | Ukranian
Fipresci Award Rotterdam