Ukrainian Film Club Shows "Wayfarers"

Thursday, September 22, 2005
Room 717, Hamilton Hall, Columbia University

The Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University will open its second season by screening, among others, the winner of the Palme d’Or for short films at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival: WAYFARERS ("Podorozhni" (director Ihor Strembitsky, 2005). Shot on the budget of less than $3,000, on pieces of defective black and white film stock, Wayfarers, the first ever Ukrainian picture to win this most coveted and prestigious international award, is a source of inspiration for every young ambitious filmmaker, and the most recent proof that talent, originality and perseverance are still key to artistic success and international recognition. This event will also feature «Consonance», (2005, director Viktoria Melnykova), a look at Ukrainian choral singing, its origins, metaphysics and spiritual significance. In his introduction before the films, Yuri Shevchuk, the Film Club's director, will offer an overview of developments in Ukrainian cinema over the last five months. This event will introduce a new rubric – a Cinematographic Surprise from Ukraine. True to tradition, the screening will be followed by Q&A and discussion. (To see the Ukrainian Film Club website, please see Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University.)