London’s Ukrainian Film Days festival – now at its third edition – will open next month on 5 December.
Brought to the public by the Ukrainian Institute in London, in collaboration with Ukraine’s State Film Agency and Arthouse Traffic, the mini-festival, which runs until 8 December, will open with the 2019 Ukrainian-Polish production Mr Jones, a take on Cold War journalism and Stalinist propaganda.
Other highlights include Homeward, which sees a Crimean-Tatar father and son take a road trip across their native land as war unfolds in eastern Ukraine, and Volcano, following the adventures of an OSCE translator in the Ukrainian countryside.
Wildfields is an adaptation of Ukrainian literary superstar Serhiy Zhadan’s odyssian novel about a young man leaving Kyiv for his native Donbas after his brother goes missing to take over the family’s run-down petrol station.
The festival ends with a 1990 production of Swan Lake: The Zone, the love story of a female worker and a convict on the run, hiding under a symbolic Soviet hammer and sickle monument.
Ukrainian Film Days will take place 5–8 December in London, and will include Q&As with actors, directors, and journalists.