Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931

Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Blickle Kino, 21er Haus
Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931
curated by Konstantin Akinsha

Session 4:
Mykola Shpykovskyi
Bread (1929) – 44 min
Original with English subtitles
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Bread, a forgotten masterpiece of the Ukrainian film avant-garde, was banned immediately after production and never released. It was first shown to a narrow circle of Ukrainian film professionals in the late 1970s.

The film’s special charm comes from its unsurpassed camera work and innovative editing, which integrates the inter-titles into the semantics of the screen images – clear, ascetic, expressive and remarkably suggestive.

Shpykovskyi’s film was shot, edited, and released at practically the same time as Dovzhenko’s Earth. Both films were instantly prohibited. In the late 1950s, Earth became part of the official Soviet cinematic canon, thanks to its success in the West, but Bread was overshadowed by Dovzhenko’s masterpiece. For over eighty years, the movie gathered dust in the archives, totally forgotten. Not even all film historians knew that it existed. The film was restored in 2013 by the Dovzhenko Center and is believed to be one of the major rediscoveries in the history of the Ukrainian cinematic avant-garde.

Concluding discussion with Konstantin Akinsha, Ivan Kozlenko and Oleh Ilnytzkyj

Konstantin Akinsha is an art historian, journalist and curator; he is the Founding Director and Chair of the Russian Avant-garde Research Project, UK

Oleh Ilnytzkyj is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

Ivan Kozlenko is Director of the Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre in Kyiv, the Ukrainian national cinemateque

This program is organized under the auspices of the Ukraine in European Dialogue project of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna, in cooperation with the Blickle Kino / 21er Haus, Vienna, and the Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre, Kyiv.

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