The Enchanted Place / Zvenyhora
Maik Johansen, Yurii Tiutiunnyk, Oleksandr Dovzhenko
Mykola Nademskyi, Semen Svashenko, Les Podorozhnii, Mykola Charov, Heorhii Astafiev, I. Seliuk, Leonid Barbe, Mariia Parshyna, Anastasii Symonov, Yu. Mykhalov, Polina Skliar-Otava, Vladimir Uralskii
Ukrainian SSR, VUFKU
In Zvenyhora there lives an old man who is as eternal as the steppe. He guards treasures hidden in the deeps of the Zvenyhora Mountain. Still other characters from history make up this traditional park of legend: Cossacks and their enemies – the Polish nobility and clergy. He has two grandsons. Pavlo is a conservative nationalist, he is convinced that nothing need change, he sees great dangers in civilization and new technologies. The other grandson Tymish becomes Bolshevik revolutionary and goes to work at the factory. They symbolize two discourses in the Ukrainian history – the national-agrarian and the progressive-revolutionary.
Zvenyhora was the first film from Dovzhenko`s “sielent trilogy”, which brought him fame of the original and talented avant-guard author. It provoked heated dispute about national cinema in Ukraine.
Zvenyhora… is me: contradictory, visionary, often uncontrollable, quivering with an acute sense of conflict and the rhythm of all ages.