LeonidsStory | © Rainer Ludwigs

Leonids Story

  • Leonids Geschichte (German title)
Short Documentary | 2010-2011 | Animation | Germany

Shooting data

LocationsMakarov, Chernobyl, Ukraine

Project data

Film financing
Length of movie19 Min.
Picture formatTV 16:9 (1 : 1,78)
Picture material negativeHD
Picture material positiveHD
Sound formatStereo

    Brief synopsis

    A Soviet family searching for a modest paradise is swept into an immense disaster. This magically animated film combines drawing, photography and documentary video to capture the surreal emotions of the too-real tragedy: Chernobyl1986.

    Leonid grew up in the village next to the reactor. The catastrophe broke his life, ruined his health, and threatened his unborn child. This animated film tells his story.
    The film comprehends the development of this world disaster through the destiny of the protagonist and his family. The small episodes reconstruct the emotional dimension of the tragedy: The children which run to the burning reactor, getting a look on the spectacular drama, the unsuspecting village people in the surrounded area, the animals which remain behind after the evacuation, and the helpless tries of mankind to eliminate the follows of the nuclear disaster, accompanied with the faceless, communist Sovjet system.

    After all there is a happy end: The triumph of life over the catastrophe.


    Camera Departmentdirector of photography Rainer Ludwigs
    Camera Departmentdirector of photographyRüdiger Lubricht
    Director's Departmentdirector Rainer Ludwigs
    Editingeditor Rainer Ludwigs
    Musiccomposer André Feldhaus
    Producerco-producerTetyana Chernyavska
    Screenplayscreenwriter Rainer Ludwigs
    Sound Post Productionsound editorSven Bien
    Visual Effects2d artist Rainer Ludwigs

    Production companies

    Rainer Ludwigs Image-Building

    Distributing companies

    Rainer Ludwigs Image-Building


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
     Rainer Ludwigs2011Green Filmfest Seoul [kr]Green Film Award, Best ShortWinner
     Rainer Ludwigs2011Melbourne Int'l Film Festival [au]Swinburne Award Best Short DocumentaryWinner
     Rainer Ludwigs2011Filmfestival MünsterGroßer Preis d. FilmwerkstattWinner
     Rainer Ludwigs2012Tokyo Global Environmental Festival [jp]Children Earth Vision AwardWinner
     Rainer Ludwigs2012Zolota Pektoral, Int'l Film Fest. [ua]Tru.Short AwardWinner
     Rainer Ludwigs2012Asterfest - Int'l SFF, Strumica [mk]Golden Projector AwardWinner
     Rainer Ludwigs2012Huesca Int'l Film Festival [es]1st prize (Danzante Short Doc.)Winner
     Rainer Ludwigs2012Int'l Uranium Fim Festival [br]Best Animation (Yellow Oscar)Winner
     Rainer Ludwigs2012DocsDF, Mexico Int'l Doc. FFFestival [mx]Best Short AwardWinner


    TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
    First showingGermanyBR [de]Saturday, 31.03.2012