Vadym Ilkov graduated from Kiev National University of Theatre, Film and TV in 2000. He worked as a director of photography on several fiction, documentary and animated films. His recent projects as a DoP include "Mariupolis", directed by Mantas Kvedaravicius (premiered at Berlinale 2016), and "Volcano", directed by Roman Bondarchuk (premiered at Karlovy Vary IFF 2018). Vadym is one of the organizers of the first Ukrainian open-air festival Sheshory (later – Art Pole). My Father is My Mother’s Brother is his first feature documentary.
"My Father Is My Mother's Brother" opens with a scene between siblings, an encounter between two characters who seem equally naïve and childish, abruptly thrust into the world of adults. Next, Katya (Anya's daughter and Tolik's niece) makes an appearance, and the hidden threads underlying the relationships of this micro-family slowly unfurl before our eyes, as we learn that the very caring uncle stands in for the absent father, although a little awkward and torn between fatherly attributions and his identity as underground artist. Katya mainly spends her childhood alongside her uncle, paying occasional visits to her mother, whose fragile state of mind keeps her in isolation, first secluded in a flat which Tolik looks after, then within the rather bleak confines of an institution. The documentary is a tender glimpse into the existence of these three characters, an elliptic puzzle about what life is like in the exile of one's own mind. (Andreea Chiper)
awards and festivals
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2018
Visions du Réel 2018 - Most Innovative Feature Film of the International Competition