Opera Glasses

Germany | 24min 12sec | 2019

While the first guests are waiting outside in the cold, the Opera House of Kyiv is slowly awaking. The Orchestra is rehearsing and the preparations in the cloakroom are ongoing. All of a sudden the people from the outside are flooding the corridors and halls of the Opera. People of all ages and classes join together on this evening to become a big homogeneous audience.
The foyer turns into a stage while the spectators and workers become actors. The film ’Opera Glasses’ is solely focussing on the locations outside the auditorium, while observing authentic gestures of preparation, boredom and humour.


director: Mila Zhluktenko
cinematographer: Rebecca Hoeft
editor: Felicitas Sonvilla
sound recordist: Andrii Rohachov
production assistant: Andrii Kotliar, Bogdana Semen
dramaturgical consultant: Eldar Grigorian
color grading: Nicholas Coleman - OASYS Digital
re-recording mixer, sounddesign: Rodolfo Silveira
producer: Daniel Asadi Faezi



62. DOK Leipzig 2019, Germany - Golden Dove in the German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

21st cellu l’art Short Film Festival 2020, Germany - Best Film International Competition

SEMIFINALIST at Student Academy Awards 2020


62. DOK Leipzig, Germany
12. Edition GO SHORT, Netherlands
21st cellu l’art Short Film Festival, Germany
17. VIENNA SHORTS, Austria
49th Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, Germany
Palm Springs International ShortFest, USA
FEST — New Directors | New Films Festival, Portugal
11. Make Dox, Macedonia
18. Doclisboa, Portugal 
39 ½ Filmschoolfest Munich, Germany
18. Węgiel Film Festival, Poland
27. Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Germany
69. San Sebastian Film Festival - 21. NEST Competition, Spain