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THE LOST LETTER

Full of humor and heroic adventures story of two Zaporizhya cossacks who were given the assignment to bring the hramota (sealed official document) to Empress of Russiam, settled in St. Petersburg. The film is a gorgeous interweaving of hilarity, mysticism and heroism of the Cossack era.

Thursday / 14.04.2016 / 20:00

New Horizons Art House Cinema, 19a-21 Kazimierza Wielkiego St

Admission is free

Ukraine (USSR), 1972, 79 min.
Directed by BorysIvchenko
Screenplay by Ivan Drach
Dir. photography: Vitaliy Zymovets
Film editor: Tamara Serdyuk
Starring: Ivan Mykolaichuk, Vasyl Khoroshko, Fedir Stryhun, Lidia Vakula, Halyna Dolhozvyaha,
Music: Ivan Mykolaichuk (arrangements), Nina Matviyenko, Maria Mykolaichuk
Production: Dovzhenko Film Studio

The film is based on the eponymous novel by Nikolai Gogol, combining a tragicomedy and carnival. It’s the heroic and at the same time comic story about Vasyl and Adriy, Zaporizhya Cossacks, sent by Grand Hetman (commander) with a message to Catherine I of Russia. Their journey is full of numerous adventures and it’s spiced with mysticism. The hilarious plot’s cobweb also reveals another side – the Cossack era history of the 16th – 17th centuries. The guise of fun and burlesque uncovers the permanent turnover of time and inevitable progressive changes in the world, as well as the unity of the nation. The nation which is characterised by congenital strength and desire to live – the foundations uniting Ukrainians as nation and giving hope for a better future.The film was made and released in the times of intense Russification and censorship, and due to the visible manifestations of national identity and glorification of Cossacks, it was very soon ‘shelved’. It is back after decades.

Borys Ivchenko
Born in 1941, Kyiv. Ukrainian filmmaker and actor. Graduated from the Kyiv State Institute of Theatrical Art named after I.K. Karpenko-Kary. For over 30 years he has worked as director at the Kyiv Dovzhenko Film Studio. During that time Borys Ivchenko has released a number of films that are in the rank of the best works in the history of Ukrainian cinema. One of the main representatives of the Ukrainian "poetic cinema" cultural phenomenon. He was an extremely introverted, shy and sensitive man, respected throughout cultural progressive spheres in Ukraine and abroad. Died in 1990 in Kyiv.

Filmography:
1968 - Annychka
1971 - Olesya
1972 - Lost Letter
1974 - Maryna
1990 - Stories About Ivan



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