From March 15, BOZAR will host Ukrainian Spring, a festival of Ukrainian culture that combines films, literary discussions and a concert by the internationally acclaimed group Dakh Daughters. This will be the fourth year in a row that Ukraine takes centre stage, having started its successful run in 2016 with Ukraine on Film, aimed at promoting Ukrainian cinema in Belgium.
Ukrainian Spring is supported by the Ukrainian Embassy in Belgium, the Ukrainian State Film Agency, the Association of Ukrainians in Belgium, BOZAR and the film company Arthouse Traffic.
The film programme includes:
The Wild Fields
Ukraine 2018 / 120 minutes
Director: Yaroslav Lodygin
Starring: Oleg Moskalenko, Volodymyr Yamnenko, Oleksiy Gorbunov
Herman returns to his small hometown in Donbas only to find that his older brother has disappeared, leaving him to fight to save the family business, an old gas station. A story of childhood friendships and burgeoning love, it tells of the struggle against those unlawfully taking control of local plots of land to turn them into cornfields and railways that lead nowhere. Where will this journey end?
In the presence of the screenwriter and producer, Q&A
Swan Lake: The Zone
USSR 1989 / 96 minutes
Director: Yuri Illienko
Starring: Viktor Solovyov, Liudmyla Efymenko
Three days before the end of his prison sentence, a man escapes. He finds refuge inside the ruins of an old hammer-and-sickle monument, where a local woman stumbles across him. It's the beginning of a tragic love story…
In the presence of the leading actress, Q&A
Ukraine 2017 / 107 minutes
Director: Volodymyr Tykhyy
Starring: Yaroslav Fedorchuk, Irma Vitovska, Vitalina Bibliv
A family lives in the Chornobyl exclusion zone, presided over by Baba Prisia, friend of the mermaids. Partaking of the occasional magic mushroom and having sealed the fate of twelve SS thugs during the Second World War, she now lives quietly with her grandson Vovchyk and his daughter Slava, sickly and abandoned by her husband. Their peaceful life comes to an abrupt end when Baba receives a mystical revelation about an impending disaster that must be prevented.
In the presence of the director and screenwriter, Q&A
The Stolen Princess
Ukraine 2018 / 85 minutes
Director: Oleg Malamuzh
This whimsical story is set in Kyiv at the time of brave knights, beautiful princesses and powerful wizards. Ruslan, an itinerant artist who dreams of becoming a knight, meets the beautiful Mila and falls in love with her, unaware that she is the daughter of the Prince of Kyiv. But their happiness is short-lived; the evil magician Chornomor captures Mila hoping to use the power of their love to increase his own power. With no thought for himself, Ruslan sets out to save the kidnapped princess, overcoming all obstacles and proving that true love is stronger than magic.