New Films Just Acquired
the summer 2007, UFCCU moved its events from Columbia campus to old and
new summer venues. For the third time in a row, together with the Harvard
Ukrainian Summer Institute it co-sponsored a series of three film nights
at Harvard University. In an exciting new development, the UFCCU was
asked to organized a five-day (July 11-15) Contemporary Ukrainian Film
Festival at the legendary and much loved in the Ukrainian American community
resort of Soyuzivka, known among its fans as Suzi-Q. This festival was
the first of a kind and a great success with the Suzi-Q audiences.
Following a successful precedent of the summer 2006 when we presented
films as part of the Chicago-Kyiv sister-city culture festival sponsored
by the Chicago City Council’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the
Club was approached by the Chicago Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
yet again to bring a three-day program of Ukrainian films to the Windy
City. This year our Chicago appearance promises to be even more exciting:
we joined efforts with Mr. Zygmunt Dyrkacz, the founder and director
of the renowned Chopin Theater, which since 1990, has actively promoted
independent and world cinema, to organize a Ukrainian-Polish film Festival
Blues. It will take place on August 24-26,
At the same time the UFCCU continued to expand its already unrivalled
collection of Ukrainian films. Over the last months, we acquired the
entire film legacy of the father of modern Ukrainian film Oleksander
Dovzhenko restored and digitally re-mastered.
Our new acquisitions also include the latest film by Kira Muratova
Two in One slated for theatrical release in Ukraine in September, By
the River, Eva Neymann’s directorial debut in the narrative feature
genre, the entire program of the Open Night Film Festival which promotes
the works by young Ukrainian cineastes, documentary films Bozhychi, by
Anastasia Kharchenko and Liza, by Taras Tomenko.
Our film series entitled “Ukraine, a View from the West” has
also grown to include Radiophobia by Julio Soto (Spain), Mister
Pylypenko and His Submarine, by Jan Hinrik Drevs, René Harder (Germany),
Orange Chronicles by Damian Kolody (USA), narrative feature Acts
by Carolyn Combs (Canada).
We are actively expanding our collection of foreign films masterfully dubbed into Ukrainian. This rubric has grown to include the Danish narrative animation film Terkel i Khalepa (Danish Terkel i Knibe). Its characters sport Danish names and speak hilariously imaginative Ukrainian youth slang using the voices of such Ukraine’s pop stars as Oleh Skrypka, Fahot i Fozi, Foma from the Mandry, Katia Chilly, and Vitaly Kozlovsky. Other recently Ukrainian-dubbed foreign films in the Club’s collection include animations Karlsson på Taket (Karlsson Who Lives on the Roof) (Sweden) and Cars (USA), as well as narrative feature Pirates of the Caribbean. The Dead Man’s Chest.