"Swan Lake: The Zone": film screening and talk with Ian Christie and Marina Pesenti

Soviet Union/Canada/US/Sweden /1990 / 96min /dir. Yuri Ilyenko with Victor Solovyov, Lyudmila Yefimenko, Maia Bulgakova, Pylyp Ilyenko /Ukrainian, with English subtitles

Based on a screenplay by famous filmmaker Sergey Parajanov, this story was shot in 1990, a year before the Soviet empire collapsed. A convict is on the run and hides within a hammer and sickle monument, and when a woman comes to his aid, romance ensues. Startling imagery, complex storytelling and a haunting performance by the lead actor are a lasting testament to Yuri Ilyenko’s brilliant talent and skill as a director.

The screening will be followed by a talk with Ian Christie, Birkbeck College. Moderated by Marina Pesenti, Director of Ukrainian Institute London.

Tickets £13 (£11). Book via Cine Lumiere.

Program in full.