Please join the Ukrainian Film Club and the Harriman Institute for the unofficial New York City premiere of Ukraine’s 2018 contender for the Oscar, Black Level, directed by Valentyn Vas’yanovych. Going back to the roots of the art of filmmaking, the director abandons verbal language and uses exclusively visual images to tell the story. Black Level is as cinematographically beautiful as it is intellectually stimulating.
Vas’yanovych is one of the most talked about contemporary Ukrainian directors. He runs his own production outfit, The Harmata Film, thanks to which he enjoys the kind of creative independence denied to most of his Ukrainian peers. His impressive filmography includes narrative shorts, and full-length pictures, both narrative and documentary. His film Counter-Clockwise (2004) won the Jury Prize at the 7th International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Yuri Shevchuk will introduce the film and lead the discussion.