Date(s) - 16/11/2018
The Gate Cinema
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
Director: Darya Zhuk
Producers: Debbie Vandermeulen, Olga Goister, Valery Dmitrotchenko, Birgit Gernböck
Screenwriters: Helga Landauer, Darya Zhuk
Main Cast: Alina Nasibullina, Ivan Mulin, Yuriy Borisov
Country: Belarus, Germany, Russia, USA
Languages: Russian, English (Subtitled)
Duration: 93 minutes
Tickets: €7.50 / €6.50