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Crystal Swan

 

 

Original title:
Hrustal
Slovenian title:
Kristalni labod
Section:
FOCUS: EAST BY NORTHEAST

Country, year:
Belarus, Russia, Germany, USA, 2018
Length:
95

Directed by:
Darja Žuk

Screenplay:
Darja Žuk, Helga Landauer
Cinematography:
Carolina Costa
Music:
Andreas Lucas
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
Russian,English
Voting code:
Z*
Cast:
Alina Nasibulina (Velja), Ivan Mulin (Stepan), Anastazija Garvej (Vika), Ilja Kapanec (Kostja), Jurij Borisov (Alik), Ljudmila Razumova (Alja), Svetlana Anikej (Veljina mama), Natalja Onišenko (Angela), Vjaceslav Šakalido
Awards:
Karlovy Vary 2018, Odessa 2018 (Grand-Prix)


DateHourLocation 
Sun, 11.11.2018 18:45 Kosovel Hall
Mon, 12.11.2018 15:00 Kinodvor Cinema
Fri, 16.11.2018 15:00 Kino Komuna

Deli povezavo
Description:
A Kafkaesque comedy about a Belarusian girl's dream to earn a living as a professional DJ in Chicago. This energetic debut from director Darya Zhuk, pulsating to the rhythm of 90s house, was the first Belarusian candidate for Best Foreign Language Academy Award.

Post-Soviet Minsk, 1990s, a time of analogue phones and audio cassettes. Young Velya has a law degree, but dreams of going to the US and becoming a professional DJ. Belarus is suffering an economic crisis with high unemployment, and its citizens receive payment in kind. In order to obtain a visa and fulfil her dream, Velya needs to provide evidence at the embassy that she has a permanent job. But then fortuitous events lead her to a backwater village where her destiny interlocks for a time with a local family planning a wedding.

"As the Iron curtain fell, my whole generation rushed out to seek a better life. Once I ran into my neighbour on the streets of Manhattan and neither of us were particularly surprised. It was so common to emigrate. /.../ The setup in this story is based on real stories from the 90s, when the flow of information was not facilitated by internet. They felt very personal; I really admired these women who went on a wild chase after their American Dream. The 90s were a time of tremendous change for Belarus but also a time of wild opportunities. I always thought we haven't reflected on it enough." (Darya Zhuk)
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