Ukrainian Documentary 'The Russian Woodpecker' Sells to FilmBuff

Courtesy of Sundance International Film Festival
'The Russian Woodpecker'

The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

FilmBuff has acquired worldwide rights to the award-winning documentary The Russian Woodpecker.

The feature-length doc, which won the Grand Jury prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, follows Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovich on his journey in search of the “criminal” behind the Chernobyl catastrophe, of which he is a personal victim. 

“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,” said director Chad Gracia

In the Sundance review, The Hollywood Reporter said the film "should expect festivals and adventurous broadcasters to come knocking on its door."

Soviet-born cinematographer Artem Ryzhykov captured remarkable footage, including some shot within the exclusion zone around Chernobyl and during the Independence Square protests of 2013-14.

The doc was produced by Gracia and Mike Lerner, who previously worked on the Oscar-nominated documentary The Square, which centered on the events of the Egyptian revolution.  

FilmBuff plans on releasing The Russian Woodpecker in select theaters nationwide and on all major on-demand platforms on Oct. 16.