Ukrainian Film Club Shows "Viy"

Thursday, October 27, 2005
Room 717, Hamilton Hall, Columbia University

The Club’s October 2005 event will feature: “VIY,” or the Spirit of Evil, a full-length feature film by director Kostiantyn Yershov (1967). This classical picture, often billed as the first Soviet horror film, is based on the eponymous short story by the Ukrainian-born and reared 19th-century writer Mykola Hohol who, later in life, came to be known around the world as Nikolay Gogol. Since its release in 1967, “Viy” the film has captivated the imagination of millions, thanks to its combination of the best talent Soviet cinema could offer and a wealth of cultural material – legends, myths, songs, history and language that are unmistakably Ukrainian. The film will be introduced by Yuri Shevchuk, the director of the Ukrainian Film Club. Discussion will follow the screening. This event is organized jointly with the Ukrainian Student Society of Columbia University. (To see the Ukrainian Film Club website, please see Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University.)