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2013 / 122' / Ukraine

Ukraine, 1930s. American engineer Michael Shamrock arrives in Kharkiv with his ten-year old son, Peter to help "build socialism". He falls in love with an actress Olga who has another admirer, Communist Commissar Vladimir. Under tragic circumstances, the American is killed, and his son is saved from his pursuers by a blind “Kobzar”. With no other chance to survive in a foreign land, the boy becomes his guide. Their journey, full of dangerous adventures, unfolds against the background of one of the most dramatic pages of Ukrainian history and human destruction. The film about love, loyalty, betrayal and infamy is based on true events.


Screenings schedule:

17.07.2024 at 19:00, House of Cinema, 6 Saksaganskogo Street (Kyiv), Red Hall




Oles Sanin was born on July 30, 1972 in Kamyn-Kashurskiy. He graduated from the Kyiv National Karpenko-Karyi University of Dramatic Art in 1993 as an actor, and again in 1998 with a degree in feature film directing. 

Mr. Sanin has worked for INTERNEWS Ukraine, both as a director, and as the head of the department of features and documentaries. He also has been a director at the Dovzhenko National Film Studio and the Ukrknokhronika film studio. He is currently the head of the Young Cinematographers Association, a part of the National Association of Ukrainian Cinematographers. He has produced dozens of documentary films for Internews Network, Canal+, Channel 1+1, NTV, TNT, POLSAT, DALAS studio, IKON, PRO Helvecia and others. 

Oles Sanin received the Alexander Dovzhenko State Award of Ukraine for the film “Mamay” (2003), and won the Silver Medal of the Ukrainian Academy of Arts, and the Brothers Lumiéres’ Silver Medal. “Mamay” was Ukraine’s official entry for the Academy Awards nomination in the best foreign language film category in 2004.

He plays bandura, turban, and wheel lyre, and he carries on the Volyn region lyrist tradition. He makes musical instruments, having inherited this handicraft from his grandfather. He is a member of the Kyiv Kobzarship under the pseudonym Oles Smyk.

Selected filmography

  • Mamay (2003)

  • The Guide (2013)

  • Dovbush (2022)


Producer: Maksym Asadchyi, Oles Sanin, Igor Savichenko

Screenwriter: Oles Sanin, Oleksandr Irvanets, Iren Rozdobudko, Paul Wolansky

DOP: Sergiy Mykhalchuk

Composer: Alla Zagaykevych

Cast: Stanislav Boklan, Oleksandr Kobzar, Anton Greene, Iryna Sanina, Jamala, Jeff Burrell

Production: Pronto Film

Rightsholder: Pronto Film


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