15.07.2013
Drama
97 min

director:
Yurii Illienko
Written by:
Yurii Illienko, Ivan Mykolaichuk
Operator:
Vilen Kaliuta
Country:
USSR
Production:
Dovzhenko Film Studio

THE WHITE BIRD WITH A BLACK MARK

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In his third work as director, Yurii Ilienko explores the tragedy of a poor Ukrainian Zvonar family, who live in the Carpathian Mountains near the Romanian border during the time of war and terror (1937-1947). Five brothers make up the village band, but as the battle between the Nazi-supported Ukranian nationalists and the Soviets goes on, the band loses one player after another. Petro joins the Red Army, Orest joins the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, and Bohdan stays at home. However, their fates inevitably cross, whether in love or in the mountains with arms.

 

Bilyi Ptakh z Chornoiu Oznakoiu features an iconic Ukrainian narrative about revolution as a point at which the subject and the social units it is involved with (the family) are irrevocably transformed. Even though Soviet censorship didn’t allow Ilienko to express his ideas freely,  Bilyi Ptakh z Chornoiu Oznakoiu strikes the viewer with an impressive director’s style and brilliant acting. This poetic, expressive, deeply metaphorical vision of social and personal war conflicts was highly evaluated at Moscow and Sorrento film festivals.

 

 

The film was restored as part of  the

Ivan Mykolaichuk Ukrainian Film Classics DVD-collection

 

http://www.dovzhenkocentre.org/product/27/ 


Cast::

Larysa Kadochnikova, Ivan Mykolaichuk, Bohdan Stupka, Yurii Mykolaichuk, Nataliia Naum, Dzhemma Firsova, Oleksandr Plotnikov, Vasyl Symchych, Oleh Polstiv, Mykhailo Illienko, Leonid Bakshtaev, Volodymyr Shakalo, Mykola Oliinyk


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