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  • Directed by Taras Tomenko
  • Starring Dmytro Oliynyk, Vyacheslav Dovzhenko, Stanislav Suknenko, Nina Naboka, Maryna Koshkina
  • UK Premiere
  • 2021 | 120mins | Ukraine | (18)

1927. Soviet Ukraine. The most outstanding Ukrainian writers live in comfortable apartments. All of them become participants in an experiment aimed at deriving a new type of Soviet writer with total control over the creative process. The bustling cultural life of the period soon comes into conflict with totalitarian communist regime, whose main task was to break the will of the artists, take control of their talent and force them to praise the communist party and its leader. Based on real events this is a story of the “executed renaissance” of Ukrainian art and literature in the 1920’s, an introspection on the eternal theme of the relationship between authority and power and the determination of a people to survive.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Filmmakers and representatives from the Ukraine, including the Ukrainian army, Ukrainian Embassy and the Ukrainian Institute.

Also joining us will be Ambassadors from other countries in a similar plight who have historically never been afforded the same level of compassion as Ukraine has quite rightly received.

Warning: This film includes a scene with sexual violence. Although very challenging it is unfortunately a fair representation of the time the film was set and a present reality in war zones around the world.

PEACE GALA to close the I Will Tell International Film Festival 2022.   

A portion of proceeds will be donated to a charity working in Ukraine and in countries with under-reported humanitarian crises

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