Ukraine

Rollan Sergiyenko – Belye tuchi AKA Bili Khmary AKA White Clouds (1968)

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THE LOST MASTERPIECE OF SOVIET CINEMA

Belye Tuchi – or as it should be called, Bili Khmary – is a movie that has somehow got lost and is now all but forgotten. The title is usually translated into English as White Clouds but it’s really closer to something like “the dark clouds are coming” but any translation will be miss the correct subtle meaning. The movie was directed by the Ukrainian Rollan Serhiienko, although IMDb mistakenly lists him as Sergiyenko. He was better known as a documentary film maker and later made the award winning Bell of Chernobyl. His career as a feature film director only produced two movies of which this is the best. Read More »

David Cherkasskiy – Misteriya-Buff AKA Mystery-Bouffe (1969)


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In Mystery-Bouffe (1918), a religious mystery play which mocked religion, the poet described a struggle between two groups, the “Unclean” working class and the “Clean” upper class. The earth has been destroyed by a flood, the survivors seek refuge at the North Pole. The “Unclean” defeat the “Clean” and create a workers’ paradise on Earth, where people “will live in warmth / and light, having hade electricity / move in waves.” Read More »

Dmytro Kolomoytsev & Anatoliy Lavrenishyn – Ukrayinska literatura AKA Ukrainian Literature: Guide for Assholes (2009)

It was a common habit in Soviet schools to draw the intimate organs on all portraits in textbooks. Read More »

Marysia Nikitiuk – Koly padayut dereva AKA When the trees fall (2018)

The story of a five year old little rebellious girl Vitka with her teenage cousin Larysa and her boyfriend, the young criminal Scar unfolds in a Ukrainian provincial setting. Larysa finds herself at a crossroads after the death of her father. Yearning to be self made, the village community ostracizes her for loving Scar. Larysa discovers her grandmother once sacrificed her love for a young gypsy abandoning him for traditional values and other people’s opinions. Larysa’s mother is too psychologically weak to support her daughter. Larysa and Scar plan to escape from a life of crime, misery and their relatives. But are they ready to pay the full price for freedom? Read More »

Sergei Loznitsa – Donbass (2018) (HD)

When war is called peace, when propaganda is uttered as truth, when hatred is declared to be love, then life itself begins to resemble death. In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside mass scale robberies perpetrated by gangs. Read More »

Mikhail Belikov – Raspad AKA Decay (1990)

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RASPAD is a hard-hitting Ukrainian film that details the horrors and aftermath of the Russian Chernobyl nuclear-reactor incident.

In April 1986, Soviet journalist Alexander Zhuralev (Sergei Shakurov) returns from assignment in Greece to his home in Kiev, only to discover, via an anonymous note, that his wife Ludmilla (Tatiana Kochesmasova) has been having an affair with his bureaucrat friend Shurik (Alexii Gorbunov). To consol himself, Alexander plans a visit with his friend Anatoli Stepanovich (Georgi Drozd), but before they can meet, a fiery explosion rips through one of the Chernobyl reactors, where Anatoli works, and he is one of the first victims. However, no announcements are made by the government, and life continues normally. Read More »

Sergei Loznitsa – Donbass (2018)

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In eastern Ukraine, society begins to degrade as the effects of propaganda and manipulation begin to surface in this post-truth era. Read More »