The feature-length documentary shadows a Ukrainian artist named Fedor Alexandrovich. In search of the criminal behind the Chernobyl disaster, Fedor deals with both mundane and surreal dilemmas. As a victim of the catastrophe himself, Fedor discovers a dangerous secret while talks of a revolution swell in his homeland. The film directly deals with a creative-type facing tragedies as great as Chernobyl and the lurking presence of the Soviet Union and its reign.
“Our team is so pleased to be working with FilmBuff, as they share our passion for telling unforgettable stories,” the filmmaker said in a statement. “I’m excited to share Fedor’s incredible journey with audiences around the world, who I’m sure will be as charmed by his character as they are stunned by his investigation.”
“Chad is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we couldn’t be more thrilled about working together,” added Janet Brown, FilmBuff CEO. “We can’t wait to bring ‘The Russian Woodpecker’ to audiences everywhere.”
The film was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.