The Close River


Shot over the course of three weeks, in various locations in western Ukraine, The Close River is a poetic investigation of a region with multiple overlapping temporalities of colonisation and exploitation. The film traces shifting borders and markers of power, exploring how the histories of coexistence, violence and resistance are carved into the landscape and culture of the region, and ultimately how they shape contemporary ways of living.


Marta Hryniuk was born in 1991 in Warsaw and lives and works in Rotterdam. She graduated from the Academy of Arts in Szczecin and the Piet Zwart Institute. She has participated in exhibitions in Poland and abroad, amongst others in Forum Expanded Berlinale (2018). Holder of the “O&O, CBK” (2019) grant, “Young Poland” (2017) scholarship as well as one from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2015).

Between 2013-2017 has co-run an artist-run space and nomadic collective Silverado. In 2018 co-founded WET– a Rotterdam-based production and distribution cooperative for film, video and artists’ moving image. Her videos are part of the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art database.

  • Marta Hryniuk
  • Poland
  • 2020
  • Exp./Doc.
  • 28’
  • Sub. PT/ENG


director’s intro

Official Competition