This year Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre has prepared a full program for the 46th MOLODIST International Film Festival – the oldest Ukrainian film festival, which will be taking place from 22 to 30 October.
On the first day of the film festival – October 22 – retrospective ILLENKO-80 starts, which includes works by the patriarch of Ukrainian poetic cinema, director and cinematographer Yurii Illienko, who would turn 80 in 2016.
On October 24, at 21:15, the KYIV Cinema will screen the film Atomopolis: Assembling Utopia – a joint project by the Festival of Film and Urbanism “86” and Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre.
On October 28, at 19:00, as part of the Molodist film festival and the fall season of the educational program KULTURFILM: Femme Mute, Dovzhenko Centre will hold a screening of a film that was banned in the 1930s and has recently been restored, Arrest Warrant (1926) by Heorhii Tasin, to a live accompaniment of the original alternative band Vagonovozhatyie.
October 22, 21:00, theKyiv Cinema (19 Velyka Vasylkivska Street)
October 23, 19:00, the Lira Cinema (40 Velyka Zhytomyrska Street)
98’, UkrSSR, Feature
Directed by Serhii Paradzhanov; Written by Ivan Chendei, Serhii Paradzhanov; Cinematographer – Yurii Illienko; Editor – Marfa Ponomarenko; Production Designers – Mykhailo Rakovskyi, Heorhii Yakutovych; Music by Myroslav Skoryk; Cast: Ivan Mykolaichuk,Larysa Kadochnykova, Oleksandr Raidanov, Neonila Hnepovska
Two Hutsul families – the Paliichuks and the Huteniuks – shared a bitter enmity. It happened so that Ivan fell in love with a beautiful girl from the enemy camp – Marychka, whose life was cut short… Ivanko could not find happiness without her. So he went looking for death that had taken his beloved.
THE WHITE BIRD MARKED WITH BLACK
October 22, 17:00, theKyiv Cinema (19 Velyka Vasylkivska Street)
October 24, 19:00, the Lira Cinema (40 Velyka Zhytomyrska Street)
97’, UkrSSR, Feature
Directed by Yurii Illienko;Written by Yurii Illienko; Ivan Mykolaichuk;Cinematographer – Vilen Kaliuta;Editor – Nataliia Pyshchykova;Production Designer – Anatolii Mamontov; Music by Ivan Mykolaichuk; Cast: Larysa Kadochnykova, Ivan Mykolaichuk, Bohdan Stupka
The film revolves around a poor large Bukovyna family. The sons of Les Dzvonar part ways: the eldest joins the Red Army, the middle one goes to the woods, to join the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army), while the youngest stays uninvolved. However, they will meet again and their paths will cross more than once.
THE FOREST SONG: MAVKA
October 22, 19:00, theKyiv Cinema (19 Velyka Vasylkivska Street)
October 25, 19:00, the Lira Cinema (40 Velyka Zhytomyrska Street)
82’, UkrSSR, Feature
Directed by Yurii Illienko;Written by Yurii Illienko; Cinematographer – Yurii Illienko; Editor – Eleonora Summovska; Production Designer – Anatolii Mamontov; Music – Yevhen Stankovych; Cast: Liudmyla Yefymenko, Viktor Kremliov, Maia Bulhakova, Ivan Mykolaichuk
Water nymph Mavka lives in a primeval mythical forest. She falls in love with a village boy, Lukash, for his skillful pipe playing, but Lukash marries Kylyna and loses his wonderful gift. Mavka brings her beloved back his talent at the cost of her own immortality.
THE EVE OF IVAN KUPALO
October 22, 21:00, theKyiv Cinema (19 Velyka Vasylkivska Street)
October 26, 19:00, the Lira Cinema (40 Velyka Zhytomyrska Street)
71’, UkrSSR, Feature
Directed by Yurii Illienko;Written by Yurii Illienko; Cinematographer – Vadym Illienko; Editor – Nataliia Pyshchykova; Production Designer – Petro Maksymenko, Valerii Novakov; Music by Leonid Hrabovskyi; Cast: Larysa Kadochnykova, Borys Khmelnytskyi, Yukhym Fridman, Dmytro Franko
A poor young villager Petro lives on a small farm and works for a rich man, Korzh. He falls in love with his master’s daughter, and the feeling is mutual. The girl’s father, however, refuses to give his daughter away to a farm hand.
SWAN LAKE: THE ZONE
October 25, 19:15, theKyiv Cinema (19 Velyka Vasylkivska Street)
96’, UkrSSR, Sweden, Canada, Feature
Directed by Yurii Illienko;Written by Serhii Paradzhanov, Yurii Illienko; Cinematography – Anatolii Kuzmenko; Editor – Eleonora Summovska; Production Designer – Oleksandr Danylenko; Music by Virko Balei; Producers – Mykola Moroz, Borys Bilostotskyi, Robert Gardine, Yurii Illienko; Cast: Viktor Soloviov, Liudmyla Yefymenko, Maia Bulhakova, Pylyp Illienko
A Man escapes from prison three days before the end of his sentence. He finds shelter in a ruined pedestal “Hammer and Sickle”, where a Woman finds him. They fall in love...
October 24, 21:15,theKyiv Cinema (19 Velyka Vasylkivska Street)
2016, Ukraine, 50 min. Authors: Stanislav Menzelevskyi, Anna Onufrienko, Oleksandr Teliuk Music: Nisantashi Primary School Narrator: Yurii Makarov Producer: Teta Tsybulnyk
Production of Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre and the Festival of Film and Urbanism “86”
Atomopolis is a general name for satellite cities of nuclear power plants, as well as one of the last utopian Soviet projects. Development of the nuclear power industry gave new energy to the post-war Soviet economy. Next to nuclear power plants grew a new type of cities – atomopolises, which embodied the current ideological, urbanistic, environmental and scientific ambitions. In the 1970s-1980s, when the Soviet state was experiencing a social and ideological crisis, atomopolises became sanctuaries for the Soviet utopia.
Atomopolis: Assembling Utopia was put together from stock footage of construction and operation of seven Ukrainian atomopolises – Prypiat, Kuznetsovsk, Enerhodar, Netishyn, Yuzhnoukrainsk, Teplodar and Orbita. The film explores the history of the nuclear towns and attempts to reveal the utopian and ideological components of the atomopolis’s cinematic image.
October 28, 19:00, Dovzhenko Centre (1 Vasylkivska Street, Holosiivska Metro Station)
1926 UkrSSR, VUFKU (Yalta), 84 min. Director: Heorhii Tasin Written by: Solomon Lazurin Cinematographer: Albert Kiun Production Designer: Volodymyr Balliuzek Cast: Vira Varetska, Khairi Emir-Zade, Alik Lihovetskyi, Nikolai Kutuzov, Nikolai Panov, Shorokhova
The Read Army leaves the city. Chairman of the Revolutionary Committee Serhii Karhalskyi asks his wife Nadiia to stay and hide a secret package with documents. As soon as the White Army enters the city, they come to search Nadia’s apartment. A “white” counterintelligence officer holds a lengthy interrogation with Nadiia, yet she resolves to say nothing...
Arrest Warrant is the first Ukrainian psychological drama, which was considered petit bourgeois and was severely criticized by official critics. Interestingly, in 1930 the film was banned as “unhealthy, with psychological pathos, depicting a woman as a weak being, and being behind the times”.
It is also basically the first Soviet Ukrainian film that thematizes the traditional silence of the woman. The lead character Nadia is forced to speak yet thanks to her ability to keep silent she manages to resist the rational world of men and war.
The interrogation of Nadiia Karhalska basically turns into a Soviet version of the trial from The Passion of Joan of Arc, which Carl Theodor Dreyer will make two years after Tasin’s film. As a result, despite its aura of entertainment using cloak-and-dagger transformations, psychological torture and the romantic appeal of revolutionary committees, Arrest Warrant is at the same time a reflection on the emancipation of women and their role in the historical and social processes of civil wars.
”VAGONOVOZHATYIE (TRAM DRIVERS) is an experienced group of tram depot workers who once happened to find in a tram a sampler and a microphone left by a passenger. They already had a guitar and a set of drums. Since then they have hardly ever been seen in the maintenance bay. They make music, record and travel. They are advocates of electronic ecology.”