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Film Screening. Crepuscule and Counterclockwise (Against the Sun)

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The Harriman Institute is pleased to cosponsor the film series Four by Valentyn Vasyanovych at the Museum of the Moving Image. Join us for a screening of Vasyanovych’s 2014 documentary Crepuscule.

Dir. Valentyn Vasyanovych. Ukraine. 2014. 61 mins. Digital projection. In Ukrainian with English subtitles.

In this patiently observed, quietly abiding observational film, Vasyanovych visits his own relatives Maria and her middle-aged son, Sashko, in their idyllic village in Northern Ukraine. Maria, 82, still cares for Sashko, blinded by diabetes, while Sashko, in turn, is fiercely devoted to his aging mother. A devastating meditation on the ties that bind.

Preceded by: Counterclockwise (Against the Sun)

Dir. Valentyn Vasyanovych. Ukraine. 2004, 20 mins.

A young potter who spins his wheel “against the sun” shares his philosophy of life, horses around with his friends, and builds a clay sculpture on the beach, while his unseen wife alternately praises and criticizes him on the soundtrack. This whimsically constructed documentary portrait, beautifully shot on black-and-white 16mm film, is a film of boisterous, irreverent spirit.


Use code valentyn20 at checkout for a 20% discount.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for MoMI members ($11 Classic members). Order online. Please pick up tickets at the admission desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.



Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27

The Ukrainian director Valentyn Vasyanovych makes films of icy beauty and brittle humanity. Beginning with 2017’s Black Level, he has honed a tableau aesthetic defined by an eerily cadenced sense of composition that hearkens back to the silent era, while looking forward to an inhospitable future and our tentative place within it. On the occasion of the New York premiere of Vasyanovych’s latest film, Reflection, in First Look 2022, MoMI invites audiences to consider Vasyanovych’s three narrative features as a poetic triptych, while also looking to the filmmaker’s key early documentary (Crepuscule) and a charming early short (Counterclockwise). Learn More >