POST REVOLUTION BLUES - Polish-Ukrainian Film
Chopin Theatre 1543 W Division Chicago, IL
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art 2320 W Chicago, Chicago IL (Aug
26 “Cars”, Disney Animation for Children)
|Aug 24 Fri
7p - Opening Reception Polish/Ukrainian
8p - “Acts of Imagination” by C. Combs and M. Springate
(87’, English, Ukrainian)
930p - Global Identity - discussion with Z. Banas, A.
Miller and Y. Shevchuk
10p - Post reception
|Aug 25 Sat
730p - “The Unnamed Zone” by Carlos Rodriguez
(80 min, Ukrainian w/subtitles)
1030p - Reception
850p – Break
9p – “Liza” by T. Tomenko (28 min, Russian
and Ukrainian w/subtitles)
930p - “A Man Thing” by S. Fabicki 26 min, Polish
w/subtitles. 2002 Oscar® Nomination (Short Film)
10p – “Social Activism by Filmmaking” – discussion
with Z. Banas, C. Combs, A. Ensalaco, S.Fabicki, S. Steim and
|Aug 26 Sun
1p - “Cars” Disney Animation
Feature Film (Ukrainian) at Ukrainian Institute of Modern
4p - “Retrieval” by S. Fabicki (109 min, Polish
w/subtitles; Official Selection Cannes 2006)
545p – Break
6p - “There Was A Woman Who Lived In A Shoe” by
O. Fetysova (30 min, Ukrainian w/subtitles)
630p – “Triumph of the Human Spirit” – discussion
with Z. Banas, S. Fabicki, Y. Shevchuk,
7p - Closing Reception
$10 suggested donation - (773)278-1501
“Acts of Imagination” by Carolyn
Combs and Michael Springate, 2006, 87’
The story revolves around Jaroslaw (Billy Marchenski) and Katya
(Stephanie Hayes), Ukrainian immigrants to Vancouver, who
each find their place within Canadian society and struggle
to make ends meet and honor their Ukrainian heritage. The film
touches on the problem of immigration, historical memory and reconciliation
with history which resonates with the public on both sides of the
Atlantic. Beautifully acted and filmed. English and Ukrainian.
“The Unnamed Zone” by Carlos
Rodriguez, 2006, 80 min.
Follows the stories of three young Ukrainians directly affected
by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the worse nuclear disaster in
history. They live perilously close to the exclusion zone around
the destroyed station and recount their fears, dreams, fantasies
and hopes for the future. There is a palpable sense of despair
in this cinematographic trip to the heart of one of the world’s
most contaminated places still inhabited by close to five million
people, who have basically been forgotten. Ukrainian with subtitles.
“Liza” by Taras Tomenko, 2006, 28
The award winning filmmaker Tomenko follows a homeless teenage
girl to understand the personal and societal reasons for the rise
in numbers of Ukraine’s unwanted children.
Ukrainian, Russian, and Surzhyk, a hybrid mix of Russian and Ukrainian,
“A Man Thing” by Slawomir Fabicki,
2001 26 min
Three days in the life of a thirteen-year-old boy trying desperately
to keep secret the fact that his father beats him. Lonely and with
no support from his mother or from school, the boy finds his only
friend in an old stray dog from the kennels. Polish with
“CARS” Full length animation film by Walt
Special screening with Ukrainian dubbing by some of the best Ukrainian
actors participating in this pioneering project for this American
blockbuster. Ukrainian viewers irrespective of their mother
tongue will find it Ukrainian modern, funny, intelligent, and yes
“Retrieval” by Slawomir Fabicki,
2005 109 min
Follows the fortunes of a nineteen-year-old trying to make his
way in society. Living in an industrial city that has seen better
days Wojtek faces a dismal future. However, he has fallen in love
with Katja, a slightly older Ukrainian woman who lives with her
young child. But how can he earn enough money to support Katja
and her child, and get an apartment large enough for the three
of them? Polish with subtitles.
“There Was A Woman Who Lived In A Shoe” by
Olena Fetysova , 2005, 30 min.
Documentaries about homeless children on the streets of Ukrainian
cities are a common sight in countries in transition. This film
is about a couple who offer their own solution to this problem.
They take in homeless children into their own family and create
a home for them, a private crisis center for orphans. Original
Ukrainian with subtitles.
Discussions moderated by Yuri Shevchuk, film critic and director
of Columbia University Ukrainian Film Club; lecturer Ukrainian
language and culture at Columbia University in New York and Zbigniew
Banas film critic and member Chicago Film Critics Association. Distinguished
Carolyn Combs was born in New York City and is a graduate
of University of Manitoba (MA). Ms. Combs currently lives and works
in Vancouver, Canada.
Adam Ensalaco is a graduate of the Human Rights Studies
program at the University of Dayton and is the Senior City Coordinator
for Greenpeace in Chicago.
Slawomir Fabicki was born in Warsaw, Poland and is a graduate
of The Lodz Film School and member of European Film Academy. His
short film “A Man Thing” was a 2002 Oscar ® Nominee.
Alton Miller came to Chicago in 1983 as general director
Chicago City Ballet and in 1984 was named
press secretary for Chicago’s first black mayor Harold Washington
a position held until the mayor’s
death. He’s written three books, is associate dean
School of Media Arts Columbia College Chicago and
“Polish” by marriage.
Stephen Steim is an administrator in Development and
Outreach at Human Rights Watch working with
Human Rights Watch Chicago Committee and its auxiliary committee,
the Human Rights Watch
Chopin Theatre is an independent arts center
in the heart of Chicago’s artistic neighborhood, Wicker Park. Founded
in 1990 Chopin Theatre has had over 7,000 presentations (5,000
theatrical, 900 film, 800 poetry evenings and over 100 music events). Chopin
Theatre has also produced over 110 of its own productions, and
has hosted performers from probably every state in the U.S. and
from over 40 countries.
Columbia University's Ukrainian Film Club (UFCCU)
is a forum for Ukrainian cinema in North America. Since its establishment
in October 2004, the Club has become a unique international initiative
connecting Ukrainian filmmakers with the world. The Ukrainian Film
Club acts as a much-needed conduit for international access to
the best and most creative Ukrainian films and provides a sense
of global perspective to Ukrainian film makers as well as a sources
for artistic inspiration to the North American public.
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) is a
non-profit organization founded in 1971in the heart of Chicago's
Ukrainian Village. The UIMA is a museum and gallery serving the
local community and the greater Chicago area with an ongoing program
of innovative and challenging cultural exhibitions, literary events,
film screenings and music recitals. Major exhibits and a permanent
collection showcase the work of Chicago and international artists
as well as works of artists of Ukrainian descent.