Feature documentary describing the life of Ukrainian Carpathian shepherds and their efforts to keep the age-old trade alive in the face of contemporary changes.
Sunday / 03.04.2016 / 20:00
New Horizons Art House Cinema, 19a-21 Kazimierza Wielkiego St
Enter is free
Ukraine, 2015, 77 min
Directed by Ostap Kostyk
Screenplay by Ostap Kostyk
Dir.photography: Oleksandr Pozdnyakov, Mykyta Kuzmenko
Editor: Petro Tsymbal
Producers: Daniil Vulitsky, Gennady Kofman, Olga Beskhmelnytsina
Production: National Cinematheque of Ukraine
Awards: Special Jury Prize of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, awards of the Odessa International Film Festival, Minsk International Film Festival Listapad ,film festivals in Karlovy Vary and Zurich.
The Living Fire is an expressive story of three shepherds, each at a different stage in his life: ten-year-old Ivanko, thirty-nine-year-old Vasyl and Ivan, he’s 82. But they are tied together by sheep rearing, quite uncommercial trade. And only daredevils are cherishing it. From generation to generation.
The film director Ostap Kostyuk says, ‘We’ve applied this method of shooting: a film-surveillance. That is, we tried not to affect their activities, we endeavoured to penetrate in to their world as deeply as possible,and to transfer the way and mode they live daily’.
‘It is a film about pitiless daily labor that knows no weekends, a harmonious world that we’ve lost in our search for comfort, and the childhood that is left behind when one takes on the role of an adult..’, says Ostap.
For over 10 years Ostap Kostyuk has been researching Hutsul culture, and The Living Fire is a sort of result not only of the film’s four-year long process, but of all those years.
Ostap Kostyuk, filmmaker, actor, musician. Born in 1979 (Kolomyia, Ukraine). He graduated from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv with a degree in History and went on to study theatre and performance at the Les Kurbas Academic Theatre. Since 1998, he's worked as an actor at the Les Kurbas Academic Theatre, the "Maisternia Pisni" Arts Centre, the Grotowski Institute (Wroclaw, Poland) and LaMaMa Theatre (New York, USA) and as a musician he has fronted several successful music projects including BAI: Hutsul Mystery, Banda Arkan, Tatosh Banda, and Hych Orchestra. He is also a music curator at the DZYGA Cultural Centre in Lviv.
In 2011, Kostyuk attended the Dragon Forum International Academy of Documentary Arts (Warsaw/Krakow, Poland). The same in collaboration with Oleksandr Pozdnyakov, Ostap made his directorial debut with the short film Manu I kapusta (Manu et le chou), awarded by the RADi (Agence du Court Métrage, France, 2012).