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2020 / 144' / Ukraine

The documentary “V. Silvestrov,” dedicated to this brilliant Ukrainian composer, is far from a traditional biopic about a prominent person. It is an observation, a confession and, most of all, a story of great talent set against the backdrop of uncertain times.

Of course, film authors pay tribute to the composer’s creative techniques: avantgarde of the 1960s, forced into underground at the times of socialist realism, postmodernism (his main obsession during the 1970s), metaphorical music and contemporary pieces that charm audiences around the world. But it is also a personal story of a genius mind with its oddity, curiosity and emotional depth.


Screenings schedule:

14.07.2024 at 18:45, House of Cinema, 6 Saksaganskogo Street (Kyiv), Red Hall




Serhiy Bukovsky, film director (born in 1960), graduated from the Film Faculty with a specialization in film directing at the Kyiv Institute of Theatrical Arts named after Karpenko-Kary (now the Kyiv National University of Theatre, Film, and Television named after I.K. Karpenko-Kary). He is a People's Artist of Ukraine and a Laureate of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize.

After serving in the Soviet army, he worked for over 10 years at the Ukrainian Studio of Chronicle and Documentary Films. From 1995 to 1998, he headed the documentary film department at Internews Ukraine.

Throughout his film career, Serhiy Bukovsky has directed over 30 documentary, television, and feature films. His works have participated in competitions at prestigious international film festivals such as Leipzig (Germany), Nyon (Switzerland), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Krakow (Poland), New York (USA), and others.

From 1998 to 2003, he taught a course in documentary filmmaking at the Kyiv National University of Theatre, Film, and Television named after I.K. Karpenko-Kary.

He has given lectures and master classes at international film festivals in Odesa, Krakow, Kyiv, Kharkiv; as well as at the Munich Film School, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

In 2014, he founded the Serhiy Bukovsky Film Program. The diploma works of the program's students participate in international and national film festivals and have received awards.

Selected filmography

  • Tomorrow is a Holiday (1987)

  • The Roof (1990)

  • Dash Sign (1992)

  • Dislocation (1992)

  • Spell Your Name (2008)

  • The Living (2006)

  • Leading Role (2016)

  • V. Silvestrov (2020)

  • Ivan and Marta (2023)


Producer: Gennady Kofman

Screenwriter: Serhiy Bukovskiy, Victoria Bondar

DOP: Serhiy Mykhalchuk

Production: MaGiKa-FILM


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