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Crystal Swan (Хрусталь)

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  • Tickets: €7.50 / €6.50
  • Date: Fri, 16th Nov 2018
  • Time: 13:15 - 13:15
  • Duration: 93 minutes
  • Director: Darya Zhuk
  • Producer(s): Debbie Vandermeulen, Olga Goister, Valery Dmitrotchenko, Birgit Gernböck
  • Screenwriter(s): Helga Landauer, Darya Zhuk
  • Main Cast: Alina Nasibullina, Ivan Mulin, Yuriy Borisov
  • Country: Belarus, Germany, Russia, USA
  • Language(s): English (Subtitled), Russian
  • Colour: Colour
  • Year: 2018

Drifting through the grey inertia of post-Soviet Minsk, recent graduate Evelina (Alina Nasibullina) dreams of a life in the USA. Using duplicitous means to apply for a travel visa, her meeting with the US embassy leads to an unexpected expedition to rural Belarus, and a family preparing for a wedding. This curious pretence unearths all manner of juxtapositions: that   of east and west, of class divides, and of bitter post-communist generational conflict.

Using vibrant cinematography and the energetic rhythms of 90s house music to directly oppose its bleak setting, Crystal Swan is a wildly confident debut from Darya Zhuk, and a fascinating study of post-communist youth.

Official Selection, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2018