Archive of films Song of Songs / Pesn pesney
2015, 76 min
Section: Official Selection - Competition
The acclaimed work by renowned Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem served as inspiration for the Ukrainian filmmaker, whose third picture offers a markedly stylized vision of the lost world of the Jewish shtetl at the beginning of the 20th century. Poetic scenes created using truly magical images are loosely connected via the motif of childhood love, while the film’s imaginative form is imbued with nostalgia.
The acclaimed story by respected modern Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem served as inspiration for Ukrainian filmmaker Eva Neymann, whose third picture offers a beguiling portrayal of the Jewish shtetl at the beginning of the 20th century. The poetic film, which seeks more to create the right mood than provide a classic narration, weaves its motif of childhood love between ten-year-old Shimek and Buzya, a girl his age whose intensity Shimek only comes to realise on the threshold of adulthood. Through the dreamy eyes of the child protagonists and with the appropriate degree of nostalgia, the director presents us with magical images of a lost world. Neymann, whose previous film House with a Turret won the East of the West competition in 2012, returns to Karlovy Vary with a work which conveys her remarkable cinematic vision.
About the director
Eva Neymann (b. 1974, Zaporozhye, Ukraine) studied law at university in the German town of Marburg and film direction at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. After her successful short film Friere ein, taue auf (2001) she made several documentaries which were screened at various international film festivals (Just Like Old Times / Wse po-staromu / Allen beim alten, 2004; Das Meer sehen, 2005; God’s Ways / Puti Gospodni / Wege Gottes, 2007). In 2007 she turned out her feature film debut At the River (U reki), which received its international premiere at the Rotterdam IFF. Her second feature film House with a Turret (Dom s bashenkoy, 2012) was screened in Karlovy Vary’s East of the West competition. Song of Songs is her third feature.
About the film
|Section:||Official Selection - Competition|
|Screenplay:||Eva Neymann podle stejnojmenného příběhu / based on a story by the same name by Sholem Aleichem|
|Dir. of Photography:||Rimmvydas Leipus|
|Art Director:||Gennadiy Popov, Ilya Iovu|
|Producer:||Aleksander Tkachenko, Igor Kolomoisky|
|Cast:||Milena Tsibulskaya, Yevheniy Kogan, Arina Postolova-Tihipko, Arseniy Semenov, Karen Badalov, Vitalina Bibliv|
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