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Ukrainian Short Films Evening at CinEast and Ciné-debate “Ukraine at a crossroads”
October 12 @ 08:00 - 17:00
For this special evening of short films dedicated to Ukraine, we have chosen films providing elements of historical and social context that shed light on the brutal invasion of Ukraine and the resilience of the Ukrainian people in the face of war. Some of these elements go back long before the Dignity Revolution of 2013 – to Soviet, incl. Stalinist times.
The screening is followed by the Ciné-debate “Ukraine at a crossroads”. Our guests, the film director Christina Tynkevych and the theatre director and writer Denys Husakov will discuss questions related to this history, to the sense of community, common destiny and identity being forged, while pointing also to real differences between parts of the country and the strata of society.
🕐When: 12/10 WED, 20:00
50% of the proceeds from tickets to this screening go automatically to the CinEast4Ukraine charity project:
🔵 Liturgy Of Anti-Tank Obstacles by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk (Ukraine 2022, 12’)
Reality in Ukraine has been divided in two periods – before the war and after. Every citizen tries to be useful in this national resistance. Ukrainians change their professions and adapt to the needs of wartime. In art workshops, sculptors make anti-tank obstacles. Craftsmen weld metal defence items for the Armed
🟡 Forces of Ukraine.
Peace and Tranquillity by Myroslava Klochko and Anatoliy Tatarenko (Ukraine 2022, 12’)
Dramatic monologue poem about the feelings of war and personal apocalypse of the survivors of the first weeks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. standing between people who are growing more and more distant from each other, although they live on neighbouring streets… Holiday is a portrait of a city and its people. Set in the backdrop of monumental changes within the country and the consciousness of its people, it is a film about a search for identity: how is it possible to continue to live with one foot stuck in the Soviet past, and with the other moving towards Europe?
🔵 Irreality. Trust in Children. Some Future by Karolina Markiewicz & Pascal Piron (Luxembourg 2022, 3,5´)
Markiewicz and Piron offer a different visual narrative to the present iteration of war. Through sequencing images into a video and abstracting this into a glitched still, the work provides viewers a multi-dimensional and complex invitation to engage and reflect.
🟡 People Who Came To Power by Oleksiy Radynski & Tomáš Rafa (Ukraine 2015, 17’)
The film traces the gradual slide of a society into war. Shot in MarchApril 2014 in the Donbas region in East Ukraine, it represents the degradation of social protest into an armed uprising heavily backed by covert foreign invasion.
🔵 The Fall of Lenin by Svitlana Shymko (Ukraine 2017, 11’)
An ironic documentary bidding farewell to the phantoms of the USSR in Ukraine. The film is inspired by-laws adopted in 2015 by the Parliament of Ukraine, which condemns the Communist totalitarian regime and bans the use of its symbols. It presents the dawn and the twilight of idols and the curious afterlife of history’s ghosts.
🟡 Holiday by Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych (Ukraine 2017, 16’)
In a Southern Ukrainian city, the people are out to celebrate an important national holiday. Old and new symbols, the search for identity, and an opportunity for understanding between people who are growing more and more distant from each other, although they live on neighbouring streets… Holiday is a portrait of a city and its people. Set in the backdrop of monumental changes within the country and the consciousness of its people, it is a film about a search for identity: how is it possible to continue to live with one foot stuck in the Soviet past, and with the other moving towards Europe?