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Masterpieces of Ukrainian Cinema

July 20 @ 8:00 am - August 3 @ 10:00 pm

2022 marks the centenary of Ukrainian feature filmmaking. This season assembles six masterworks of Ukrainian cinema, all canonised by the Dovzhenko Centre (the Ukrainian national film archive in Kyiv) and includes three landmark titles from the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic era (1922–1991) – all of which were at ideological odds with the official doctrines of their times – and three from the 21st century. Essential works by Alexander Dovzhenko, Sergei Parajanov and Kira Muratova, precede a celebrated film from Ukraine’s remarkable present-day cohort of filmmakers, represented by Valentyn Vasyanovych, Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi and Roman Bondarchuk.
2022 also marks 100 years since the foundation of VUFKU, and a portion of proceeds from this season will be donated to a fundraiser for the Dovzhenko Centre, whose activities, inclusive of the restoration of VUFKU’s extraordinary but only partly-preserved output from 1922–1930, are imperilled by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Contributions can be made directly at the following URL: http://www.gofundme.com/…/vufku-100-helping-the…
WEDNESDAY 20 JULY
7:00pm – SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS
Sergei Parajanov (1965) 99 mins – Unclassified 15+
35mm print
8:55pm – ATLANTIS
Valentyn Vasyanovych (2019) 106 mins – Unclassified 15+
WEDNESDAY 27 JULY
7:00pm – EARTH
Alexander Dovzhenko (1930) 83 mins – Unclassified 15+
35mm print courtesy of ACMI Collections
8:35pm – THE TRIBE
Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi (2014) 126 mins – R18+
Content advice: “high impact scenes of sex, abortion and sexual violence” (Australian Classification Board)
WEDNESDAY 3 AUGUST
7:00pm – BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
Kira Muratova (1967) 98 mins – Unclassified 15+
Digital restoration courtesy of the Dovzhenko Centre
8:50pm – VOLCANO
Roman Bondarchuk (2018) 106 mins – Unclassified 15+
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