Film Library
Car Washers, 2000.

Original title: Moishchiki avtomobiley
Copyright: Ministry of Culture and Arts of Ukraine, National Oleksander Dovzhenko Film Studio, 2000
Format: feature, full-length
Carrier: DVD
Color: color
Length: 76"
Original language: Russian
English subtitles: yes

Film Crew
Director and writer: Volodymyr Tykhyi
Cinematographer: Vasyl Borodin
Artistic designer: Roman Adamovych
Sound: Bohdan Mykhnevych
Editing: V.Kvashniova

Volodymyr Basovskyi
Kateryna Purtseladze
Denys Kotiolkin
Orest Denysenko
Oleksander Dementiev
Oleksander Kuriy
Oleksandra Nefoidova as Ania
Larysa Rusnak as Ania’a mother
Davyd Babayev as Ania’s father
Anton Mukharskyi as Illia
Serhiy Tanskyi as Kadyk

Music used in film
Braty Hadiukiny “Vesillia”, “Zhovti strichky, “Karpaty prohraly v futbol”
Mandry “Riaba kobyla”, “Rizdviana nich”, Lakmus “Koka-kola”, Ne DiKaprio”

A gang of squeegee kids in Kyiv find in their work not only a way of feeding themselves but also, and most importantly, the friendship, human attachment, and solidarity which are difficult to come by in their immediate families and society at large. Post-communist Ukraine proves at best indifferent, and at worst hostile to its own children. The nouveau rich are obsessed with stealing more and getting richer. The nouveau poor are busy trying to survive. Left to fend for themselves, the squeegee kids develop their own social network which is often in conflict with the rest of society.

The Castles of Ukraine, 2005.

Original title: Zamky Ukrainy
Copyright: Ministry of Culture and Arts of Ukraine, 2005.
Format: documentary, short (with some animation)
Carrier: DVD
Color: color
Length: 23"
Original language: non-verbal
English subtitles: n/a

Film crew
Director: Artem Sukharev
Script writer: Olena Azarova
Cinematographer: Kostiantyn Ambroziev
Sound: Yuri Raztorhuev
Editing and animation: Artem Sukharev
Music by Antonio Vivaldi, John Cage
Produced by the Ukrainian Documentary Film Studio

Merging documentary footage, animation, and music, Artem Sukharev creates an original impressionistic narrative of six extraordinarily impressive castles in Ukraine: Ostrih, Olesko, Kamianets-Podilskyi, Khotyn, Svirzh, Pidhirtsi. Neglect and ruin have not yet destroyed the beauty of these architectural gems which are waiting to be re-discovered.

Cinemania, 2004.

Original title: Kinomania
Copyright: Ministry of Culture and Arts of Ukraine, 2004
Format: documentary, full-length
Carrier: DVD and VHS
Color: color
Length: 55”
Original language: Ukrainian
English subtitles: yes (on VHS)

Film crew
Director: Hanna Yarovenko
Script writer: Hanna Yarovenko
Cinematographers: Oleh Zorin, Vladyslav Chabaniuk, Dmytro Vlasov, Andriy Sanin
Sound: Nadia Kozhushko, Olha Havryliuk
Producer: Olena Fetysova
General Producer: Aram Hevorkian

The theme of the film “Kinomania” is proclaimed by its title. It is a true story of how a small village in the heartland of Ukraine is overtaken by a mania for cinema (kino), that is, not for watching it, but for making it. Galvanized by Vladyslav Chabaniuk, a local school teacher by day and self-appointed film director by night, the villagers rely exclusively on local resources and talent – Hollywood need not apply – to create a feature film. The film, “Oira,” is situated in the villagers' locale, an area engulfed by the events of the Civil War of 1917-1922. Although the film's budget is only $300, the end result is priceless. In the process of shooting “Oira,” the villagers reveal – much to their own surprise – that they possess a wealth of talent, a passion for the arts, a dedication to the common cause, and a love for their culture and land. Their spirit is truly infectious. If Ukraine has a future, it will be because of the inexhaustible creativity of its people. Hanna Yarovenko’s documentary forcefully articulates this message. This moving 55-minute documentary is a celebration of life and the vitality of the Ukrainian spirit. You will find yourself riveted to every frame and every moment of the action.
Chasing Two Hares, 1961.
Original title: Za dvumia zaytsami
Copyright: National Oleksander Dovzhenko Film Studio, Ukrainian DVD Company, 2003.
Format: feature, full-length
Carrier: DVD
Color: color
Length: 77"
Original language: Russian with some Ukrainian
English subtitles: yes, also Ukrainian and Russian

Film crew
Director and script writer: Viktor Ivanov
Cinematographer: Vadym Illienko
Composer: Vadym Homoliaka
Production designer: Yosyp Yutsevych
Editor: V. Bondina

Film cast
Oleg Borisov as Holokhvostyi
Marharyta Krynytsyna as Pronia
Mykola Yakovchenko as Sirko
Hanna Kushnirenko as Sirchykha
Nonna Koperzhynska as Sekleta Lymerykha
Natalia Naum as Halia
Anatoliy Yurchenko za Stepan
Kostiantyn Yershov as Pliashka
Tayisia Lytvynenko as Khymka
Olga Vikland as Madam Ninon

The film is based on the comedy by Mykhailo Starytskyi "Za dvoma zaitsiamy" (Chasing Two Hares), 1883. This play was a theater adaptation of the story "Na kozhum'yakakh" (In the District of Kozhum'yaky) by another Ukrainian classic Ivan Nechuy-Levytsky. In the early 20th-century Kyiv, a young rascal named Svyryd Holokhvostyi (Not-A-Penny) owns a barbershop, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Holokhvostyi spends most of his time drinking, gambling, and chasing women. After his shop is seized by the police for unpaid debts Holokhvostyi decides to marry a rich but pathetically ugly Pronia and thus to solve his pecuniary woes. Pronia, ashamed of her unfashionable Ukrainian origins and her simple Ukrainian parents is easily beguiled by her suitor's "aristocratic manners". She eagerly accepts his marriage proposal. In a parallel line of action, Holokhvostyi proposes to the beautiful but poor Halia who rejects him. By pretending to be rich he persuades Sekleta Lymerykha, Halia's mother to marry Halia off to him. His pursuit of wealth and love quickly proves to be a recipe for his own undoing. It creates a lot of hilarious situations for today's viewer who immediately recognizes in the film some of the perennial themes of the Ukrainian condition: the laughable imperial arrogance and artificiality of high Russian culture imposed upon common Ukrainian folk, the futility of chasing it, of pretending to be what you are not. It is thanks to this continuing resonance with specifically Ukrainian sensibilities that the film enjoys an undiminished popularity even today, forty-five years since its production.

Company of Heroes, 2004.

Original title: Zalizna sotnia
Copyright: Studia Oles, 2004 and Classic Video Ltd., 2005
Format: feature, full-length
Carrier: DVD
Color: color
Length: 97"
Original language: Ukrainian
English subtitles: yes

Film crew
Director and executive producer: Oles Yanchuk
Script writer: Vasyl Portiak
Cinematographer: Vitaliy Zymovets
Artistic designer: Vitaliy Yasko
Composer: Volodymyr Hronskyi
Sound: Natalia Dombruhova
Editor: Natalia Akayomova and Tayisia Hushcha
General producer: Yuri Borec
Co-production of Borec Homes PTY Ltd., Australia, and Studio Oles, Ukraine.

Film cast
Mykola Boklan as Hromenko
Oleh Prymahenov as Sova
Ihor Pisnyi as Chumak
Oleksiy Zubkov as Pavuk
V’yacheslav Vasyliuk as Kohut
Dmytro Tereshchuk za Misha
Kateryna Kisten as Ksenia
Olesia Zhurakivska as Katrusia
Taras Postnikov as Lahidnyi
Taras Zhyrko as Father Kadylo
Ivan Havryliuk as Ren
Yaroslav Muka as Doctor Shuvar
Yevhen Nyshchuk as Zorian
Oleh Drach as Barts
Iryna Bardakova as Marichka
Volodymyr Horianskyi as lecturer
Oleh Maslennikov as Sverchevskyi
Irma Vitovska as Stefa
Yaroslav Kirhach as the major of the NKVD Soviet secret police
Roman Kam’yanetskyi as the boy with a falcon
Oles Yanchuk as corporal

In the 1920s the territory of present-day Ukraine was partitioned by Poland and Soviet Russia. During World War Two, Ukraine was occupied by the Third Reich. In 1943 at the Teheran Conference, Stalin handed over to Poland the ethnic Ukrainian lands west of the Boh River, known as Zakerzonnia, home to nearly one million Ukrainians. To protect Ukrainians and their land, the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) created  a clandestine network of operatives and military units. One of these units was a company of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army led by Mykhailo Duda-Hromenko. Based on a real life situation in Western Ukraine and Eastern Poland, the film “Company of Heroes” narrates the dramatic events of Ukrainian resistance in 1944-1947.

Consonance, 2004.
Original title: Konsonans
Copyright: Ministry of Culture and Arts of Ukraine, National Cinématheque of Ukraine, 2004.
Format: documentary, short, 35 mm, mono.
Carrier: DVD
Color: color
Length: 28"
Original language: Ukrainian
English subtitles: yes
English subtitles by Nicholas Efremov-Kendal, Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University.

Film crew
Director: Viktoria Melnykova
Screenplay: Ihor Zhuk, Valentyn Marchenko
Cinematographer: Valentyn Melnychenko
Featuring: Pavlo Muravskyi, Olena Tarasova, Yevhen Stankovych, Dmytro Radyk, Mykola Hobdych, and Olha Bench.

The film is about the sources, history and philosophy of Ukrainian choral music.
From the introduction by Yuri Shevchuk "Do you know what the original title of the "Carol of the Bells" is? It is "Shchedryk". Considered in many countries, including the US and Canada, to be a piece of their own national Christmas folklore, this song, composed only of three notes, is but one example of the rich musical culture of Ukraine, still largely unknown to the outside world. Viktoria Melnykova's film is a reflection on Ukrainian choral singing, its origins, metaphysics, and cultural significance. Collective music-making of Ukrainians is presented as driven by the innermost human need for self-expression, for spiritual unification with others and with God, for making sense of the world outside, and of Ukrainians' historical experience as a people. It is a story of the unchained human spirit that finds its self-expression in singing, a story beautiful, joyous and uplifting it its simplicity."

About the film director
Viktoria Melnykova was born in 1969, Kyiv, Ukraine. In 1997 she graduated as film director from the Ivan Karpenko-Kary University for Theater, Cinema, and TV, atelier of Mykhailo Illienko.

1996 "The Date" (Pobachennia), short feature.
2001 "From the Life of a Country Called Motherland" (Z zhyttia krayiny pid nazvoyu bat'kivshchyna), 26".
2002 "Jewellery Fever" (U lykhomantsi za koshtovnostiamy), 26"; "Special Children" (Osoblyvi dity), 20'; "Passions According to Computer" (Prystrasti za komp'yuterom), 26";
2003 "My Toy" (Moya Ihrashka), 26"; "Everything for Money" (Vse za hroshi), 20"; Thousand-Life Capacity (Potuzhnistiu u tysiachi dol'), 26"; "On Cinema. Ukrainian." (Pro kino. Ukrayins'ke), 26";
2005 "Consonance", 28", "With Best Wishes, Enver," documentary, 29".

Counterclockwise, 2004.

Original title: Proty sontsia
Copyright: Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, 2004.
Format: documentary, short
Carrier: VHS/ DVD
Color: black-and-white
Length: 19"
Original language: Ukrainian
English subtitles: yes

Film crew
Director: Valentyn Vasianovych
Script writer: Valentyn Vasianovych and Ivan Sautkin
Cinematographer: Ivan Sautkin
Sound: Yuriy Rstorhuev and Iya Myslytska
Graphics: Oleksiy Say
Editing: Valentyn Vasianovych and Taisia Boiko
Editor: Olena Zavhorodnia

Film cast
Tymofiy Sautkin as himself, Zhuchka the bitch;
Voices by Natalka Perchyshyna and Marko Halakevych, Yulia Volchkova, and Iya Myslytska

This short film is about the proverbial odd man-out who tries to escape from the numbing predictability of everyday life, as well as from his nagging wife. His escape is into a world of his own imagination translated into art. He takes his dog Zhuchka and a boat and crosses over to a deserted island on the Dnipro river where he creates clay sculputures.

Awards: Special Jury Prize. At the 7th International Short Film Festival at Clermont-Ferrand (February 2005), France. The festival is considered to be the Cannes of short-length films.

About the film director
Valentyn Vasianovych was born in 1971 in Zhytomyr, graduated from the Karpenko-Kary Institute of Theatrical Arts in Kyiv, Department of Photography and Film-directing (1999).

2001- “Old People” (Stari liudy), short documentary (co-directed with his brother Maksym Vasyanovych)

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