Dovzhenko Centre at the Сambridge Festival of Ukrainian Film
On November 10, 2012 National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre will present the film Hryhorii Skovoroda by Ukrainian director Ivan Kavaleridze at The Fifth Annual Cambridge Festival of Ukrainian Film (UK). The screening of the film restored by the Centre to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Kavaleridze’s birth will be a premiere in the UK. The projection will be introduced by a panel discussion with the participation of British researchers and Ukrainian film scholars Olga Papash and Stanislav Menzelevskyi (Dovzhenko Centre).
Hryhorii Skovoroda (1959) is Kavaleridze’s penultimate film shot by him after more than ten years of postwar obstruction and prohibition to work in cinema. For his whole life Kavaleridze was interested in the biography of the most prominent Ukrainian 18th century philosopher Skovoroda. Not only did Kavaleridze take interest in Skovoroda as a film-maker, but primarily as a sculptor, as evidenced by numerous sketches of the monuments to the wandering philosopher, some of which he was able to implement (the monuments in Lokhvytsya (1922) and Kyiv (1977).
This year's Festival of Ukrainian Film was already the fifth annual event organized by the Ukrainian Studies lecturers at the Department of Slavonic Studies, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge. Among the missions of the festival are rearticulating of Ukrainian cinematic heritage and promotion of Ukraine’s new cinematic achievements. In 2011, the Annual Cambridge Festival of Ukrainian Film was headlined by short films by Volodymyr Tykhyi, Maryna Vroda, and other young, critically-acclaimed directors charging new artistic, social, and political horizons. At the same time it was dedicated to the memory of the Ukrainian director Igor Savchenko. This year the screening of Skovoroda classics will be followed by the British premiere of Firecrosser by Mykhaylo Ilienko.