GENRE: life story

TIME: 80 min.


DISTRIBUTION : festivals, releases, DVD, TV broadcasting (Ukraine, CIS, Europe)

STATUS: May 17, 2011 premiere at the Cannes film market (France);

October 27, 2011 – National premiere at Molodist IFF (Ukraine),

SPECIAL AWARD  – 10-year old actor Alexey Min’ko for the lead playing;

3d of November 2011 – nomination Best Debut Award during FilmFestivalCottbus (Germany).

DIRECTOR: Dmitriy Prikhodko


SCRIPT WRITER: Dmitriy Prikhodko.

CAMERAMAN: Viktor Cherkasov.

PRODUCERS: Valdemar Dziki, Maksim Onoprienko, Yuriy Lazurenko, Ruslan Vitryanyuk, Olga Goncharova

STARRING: Аleksey Min’ko, Tomasz Sobzcak, Bogdan Brodsky, Polina Dzhakaeva, Anton Slepakov.

PLOT: The film tells a story of a "small adult" and a "big baby" – one who believes in miracles and one who has lost his faith in happiness. The central line is the unlikely friendship between young footballer Dima, abandoned his parents, and Polish rock musician who, after a fun night in Ukraine, woke up penniless in the streets of Donetsk.

The plot is based on the “soccer dream” and is indirectly  linked to the recent “EURO 2012” football championship.




ROCK'N'BALL participated in more than 10 film festivals and earned positive reviews all around the Globe:

  • May 2011 - ROCK'N'BALL is the only Ukrainian full-length film presented at the Film Market of the 64th Cannes Film Festival
  • November 2011 - ROCK'N'BALL wins "Best  Debute“ award at the German Film Festival Cottbus
  • February 2012 - ROCK'N'BALL wins Award of Excellence at the international competition The Accolade Film, Television, New Media and Videography Awards in California, USA
  • March 2012 - ROCK'N'BALL shown in the USA once again, this time at Cleveland International Film Festival
  • March 2012 - ROCK'N'BALL takes part in the 9 th International 11 mm Footballfilmfestival in Berlin
  • May 2012 - ROCK'N'BALL is the only Ukrainian film selected for the main competition program, at  CINEfoot Film Festival in Brazil
  • June 2012 - ROCK'N'BALL  wins Bronze Prize at  Festival des Nations d'Ebensee
Over 60 journalists attended the premiere of Rock'n'Ball in Kyiv, Ukraine. Download full media report here


Full media report: Rock'n'Ball Premiere

Over 60 journalists attended the premiere of Rock'n'Ball in Kyiv, Ukraine on October 27, 2011. 


Ukraine’s #1 media portal: All praise for the director of ROCK’N’BALL

Telekritika, Ukraine’s #1 media portal, interviews Rock'n'Ball director Dmytro Prykhodko 


BBC Ukraine: Cannes film festival is a “boiling borsch”

S.M.Art Invest was mentioned  in BBC report on the Ukraine Pavillion in Cannes


With its emotional approach and young talent, Rock'n'Ball outplayed million-dollar films

Rock’n’Ball was the best debute presented at Molodist, according to


Rock’n’Ball rocks Ukrainian film industry

The premiere of Rock'n'Ball caused a major stir with 60 journalists covering the event.