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Recovered Gems of Ukrainian Classical Film

Recovered Gems of Ukrainian Classical Film
1 Devonshire Place, Room 108
Time: Nov 25th, 6:00 pm End: Nov 25th, 8:59 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Slavic Studies (FAS), Political Science, Linguistics (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), German (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cinema, Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950
Canadian premier of two masterpieces of Ukrainian film.

The Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the Petro Jacyck Program in the Study of the Ukraine are pleased to present:

Recovered Gems of Ukrainian Classical Film: Forbidden Paradzhanov meets Leonid Osyka. Kyiv Frescoes, 1966 and The Stone Cross, director Leonid Osyka, 1968.

Duration 90 min.

Kyiv Frescoes. 13 min. In this rarely seen 13-minute short Serhii Paradzhanov experiments with a dramatically new style that scandalized the Soviet censors with its expressive audacity and departure from socialist realism prescriptions.

The Stone Cross. 77 min. A Galician peasant Ivan Didukh in a desperate attempt to get his family out of abject poverty decides to leave his ancestral home and seek a better life in Canada. Inspired by stories of the Ukrainian writer Vasyl Stefanyk (1871-1936), this film is Ukrainian poetic cinema at its best, terse and laconic in outward expression, but intensely psychological in the understated delivery of its message. Shot in a striking black-and-white, it brings to mind Akira Kurosawa. Today "Stone Cross" remains little known and even less appreciated both in and outside Ukraine. A true gem of world film art it is a peak of Ukrainian filmmaking that has no parallels.

This is a Canadian premier of the two recently restored and digitally remastered cinematographic masterpieces.

Nonverbal and in Ukrainian with English subtitles.


Time: Friday, November 25, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.


Location: Room 108, North Building, Munk Scool of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place)

This event is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact Sveta Frunchak

Event website

Co-sponsored by 

  • Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
  • Petro Jacyck Program in the Study of the Ukraine
  • Ukrainian Film Club, Columbia University

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