The screening of 8 short films – examples of Ukrainian young cinema on 20 March, 2 p.m. at Muirhead Tower, room 112 of the University of Birmingham, supported by the Department of Film and Creative Writing.
All films of the program differ in genre and style and address various topics such as personal freedom in contemporary society, the concept of friendship, perceptions of gender, and indifference that dominates social behaviour and existential nihilism, as well as provide a glimpse on recent events, in particular cultural element of the revolution at its outset.
You can find more detailed description of each film on this facebook link.
IS IT LOVE, 2013
Directed by Pavel Levchuk, 8´.
Is It Love? is a story of romance against a backdrop of a somewhat cold and bleak, yet beautiful urban landscape, presumably set in Kiev, Ukraine.
Ice-cream, 2012, 13′
Directed by Mariia Ponomarova, 13’.
A twitchy wife and a humble husband sharing a train compartment. Spoons clinking in tea cups, doors are slamming—nothing special happens. And this man never thought that a station in the middle of nowhere, a strange old woman and an ice-cream could change everything.
A story about lasting friendship between a boy and a girl, who despite of being different, find common ground and become friends, to explore new things they both did not know ever existed.
Cinema “Ukraine”, 2012.
Directed by Max Madonov, 13’.
The film crew made an attempt to implement a fantasy in which Ukrainian cinema is revived and gathers huge audiences. They brought several classical Ukrainian films to a small town Radekhiv in Western Ukraine, and with the assistance of their friends and local community intended to draw attention of the rural public to the phenomenon of cinema.
Forbidden Movie, 2014.
Directed by Yulia Gontaruk, 4’.
Palmer Stewart Charles shows through his film the revolutionary experience in Egypt to Ukrainian people. Few days after the screening, Yanukovych regime seized his equipment and prohibited him from entry to Ukraine.
Night Watch, 2013.
Directed by Mariia Ponomarova, 2’.
A short insight of how night Maidan looked like during the revolution in Ukraine in winter 2013, and what was the role of the social media in the communication between the activists united against the riot police.
Directed by Valeria Sochyvets, 16’.
A terminally ill young girl and her doctor travel together to the mountains. It will be a trip that he could never forget.
Between Us, 2013
Directed by Kateryna Gornostai, 25’.
We remember dates and facts, losing the memory of the small details, such as a yellow summer bouquet, the tears from the onion smell, and winter chill on a bus stop. We remember the birthday dates of our loved ones, and we know what kind of tea they prefer, but we often forget the casual touch, a glimpse, unimportant conversation. But in some cases, such as separation – all these are imprinted in the memory.