Thriller - Development 2022

A 12-year-old boy finds a German WW II tank in a dried swamp in Ukraine. The find worth about a million dollars on the black market. So it's a winning lottery ticket for anyone living in his God-forsaken little town. For the time being, only the boy knows where this treasure is hidden.

& Awards

Odessa International Film Festival 2015
Producer's Pitching. "The best Ukrainian film project" Award.
Connecting Cottbus 2015
"The Best Pitch Award in CoCo"
Berlinale - EFM 2016
Berlinale Co-Production Market, Talent Project Market. “VFF Talent Highlight Pitch Award”
    • Year of production
    • 2022
    • Genres
    • Thriller, Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Max KSJONDA
    • Writer(s)
    • Ivan TIMSHYN
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • A small industrial town in northeastern Ukraine is busy
      dismantling closed sections of a huge factory. The scrap-
      yard is the second most important place in the town, after the factory itself. Twelve-year-old Maloy (“Kid”) has no
      father, and his mother drinks heavily. The only significant
      person in his life is his older brother, nicknamed Graviura
      (“Engraving”), who is known for his artistic engravings
      on headstones. Graviura is also a drug addict protected
      by corrupt police and gangsters who take cuts from the
      small drug business he runs. Maloy’s dream is to break
      free from his godforsaken town, together with his brother.
      One day in the woods running from a stray dog, Maloy
      stumbles upon a World War II tank with the remains of a
      German officer inside. He also finds a military token with
      a number on it lying nearby. He immediately knows that
      this could be his ticket to riches. The boy takes part of
      the tank’s shutter to the scrapyard, where the workers
      immediately recognize what it is. In no time, the rumour
      spreads that somebody had found a military rarity likely
      worth a million dollars.
      Maloy asks his computer nerd friend to help him find
      relatives of the German officer. They manage to contact
      his great-grandson, who wants to repatriate the remains
      and is willing to pay someone to help him do so.
      Meanwhile, the Rovnyi brothers, local gangsters, a
      hard-nosed police major and a gang of homeless youths
      begin looking into the rumour about the million dollar
      find. Hoping to somehow benefit, everyone tells what
      they know. When the German arrives, he is followed
      closely, as are Maloy and Graviura.
      The policeman takes Graviura hostage in an attempt
      to blackmail Maloy into giving up the tank’s location.
      Graviura, however, dies from being tortured. Maloy is
      devastated, realizing that the treasure that had seemed
      to be a chance for escape had caused the death of the
      only person he had ever cared about. His despair turns
      to rage, and with nothing left to lose, he seeks revenge.
      Maloy lures the Rovnyi brothers into the forest along
      with the police major, who brings the naïve German
      along. The gangsters and the policeman join forces to
      catch Maloy and force him to take them to the tank.
      The stray dog suddenly appears and attacks the Rovnyi
      brothers’ dog. One of the Rovnyis instinctively grabs his
      gun, setting off a massacre, with everyone shooting at
      everyone else.
      Maloy and the German manage to hide and are the
      only ones to survive. The German regrets his attempt to retrieve his great-grandfather’s remains, but he offers
      Maloy the opportunity to leave town with him. Hav-
      ing fought to survive, Maloy decides to stay, letting his
      dream to escape leave with the German.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jun 01, 2022
    • End of shooting
    • Jul 15, 2022