I Love / Ya liubliu
Aleksandr Chistiakov, Ivan Chuvelev, Daniil Vvedenskii, Vladimir Gardin, Nataliia Uzhvii
Production companies: Ukrainian SSR, Ukrainfilm
A long time ago, Ostap’s father left the impoverished village and went to earn money in Donbas. The house built by Nikanor marked the beginning of the mining village of Sobacheivka. Ostap followed his father’s path and worked for thirty years worked for a mine owner. But when his father was fired from his job, Ostap realized that it was pointless to blame only the management for his troubles. After meeting the worker-revolutionary Garbuz (Aleksandr Antonov), he becomes one of the leaders of the revolutionary movement among the miners of Donbas.
The screen adaptation of the biographical novel of the same name by Oleksandr Avdeyenko, which at one point had been a real event in the cultural life of the Soviet Union, and at the same time, one of the best films by Mariupol native and director, Leonid Lukov.
Lukov was rightly called the singer of Donbas, and it was here that at least five of his films took place. However, even among them, “I love” stands alone. This picture stands out for its unusual fairy-tale intonation, mood, and real novel form.
The outstanding film artist Moritz Umansky, who would later create the expressive scenery of “The Invincibles” by Mark Donskyi (a director whom Lukov himself highly valued), worked on the film. The cameraman of “I Love” was Ivan Shekker, who not for the first time showed Donbas so vividly, and who in 1961 filmed “Ukrainian Rhapsody” by Serhiy Paradzhanov.