The Eve of Ivan Kupalo
Larysa Kadochnykova, Borys Khmelnytskyi, Yukhym Fridman, Dmytro Franko, Boryslav Brondukov, Mykhailo Illienko, Viktor Panchenko, Davyd Yanover, Kostiantyn Yershov
Ukrainian SSR, Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Studio
Young peasant Petro fell in love with the daughter of his master, and the girl told the boy it’s mutual. It’s all for nothing, as her father refuses to let his daughter marry a laborer. With grief, Peter went to the pub, where he met with Basavruk, which everyone considers the devil. Basavruk offers Peter a strange proposal that would help the boy get a beautiful wife.
The second film by director-producer Yulia Illenka was banned by soviet censorship like the previous work – “Well for the thirsty”. The film is based on the story of the Mikola Gogol, where the story of the Ukrainian Faust director Yuri Illenko hid the real Mythological story of Ukraine from the Cossack and Tatar raids to Potemkin settlements and pilgrimages to Kyiv Pechersk Lavra.