Oleg Sentsov's "Numbers" at Berlinale

The world premiere of Oleg Sentsov’s “Numbers” will take place on the program of the 70th International Film Festival in Berlin. The film is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

The world premiere of the Ukrainian-Polish-Czech-French co-production “Numbers” directed by Oleg Sentso will take place on February 18, 2020 at the Maxim Gorki Theater during a special event dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Berlinale. The film will also be shown in the Berlinale Special section. The Polish premiere with the participation of Oleg Sentsov and Polish artists was scheduled for March 1 at the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk.


“Numbers”, based on Sentsov’s play, are dystopia and parabola. The film tells the story of a strictly ordered world of ten numbers, in which there was a sudden error that created a new world. Will it be better than the old one?

A large share of Polish artists

Polish filmmakers had a large share in the creation of the film. The photos were made by Adam Sikora, the film was edited by Jarosław Kamiński, and the sound was made by Bartłomiej Woźniak and Wojciech Mielimąka. The Polish producer of the film is Apple Film Production, a company managed by Dariusz Jabłoński, director and producer, president of the Polish Film Academy.

The film was produced by 435 Films (Ukraine) and Apple Film Production (Poland) in co-production with Czech TV, CANAL +, Halley Production with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine. The film is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, Hubert Bals Fund and European Producers Club. The worldwide film sales agent is Latido Films.

“Numbers” is the fifth film by the producers of Apple Film Production, Dariusz Jabłoński, Violetta Kamińska and Izabela Wójcik, which in recent years was included in the Berlinale program. The earlier ones were: “Dovlatov”, dir. Alexey German jr (Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievements 2018), “When the Trees Fall”, dir. Marysia Nikitiuk (Berlinale Panorama 2018), “The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov”, dir. Askold Kurov (Berlinale Special 2017), “Under Electric Clouds”, dir. Alexey German jr (Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievements, Berlinale 2015).

Based on a press release