In this article, you will find Soviet Ukrainian and contemporary Ukrainian films that will help you to practice your language skills and feel the aesthetics of Ukrainian cinematography.
Ті́ні забу́тих пре́дків (1965)
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (also known in English under the alternative title Wild Horses of Fire) is a 1965 Ukrainian film by the Armenian filmmaker Serhii Paradzhanov.
In a small Hutsul village in the Carpathian mountains of Ukraine, a young man, Ivan, falls in love with the daughter of the man who killed his father. Though their families share a bitter enmity, Ivan and Marichka have known each other since childhood. In preparation for their marriage, Ivan leaves the village to work and earn money for a household. While he is gone, Marichka accidentally dies.
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is considered the most internationally heralded Ukrainian film in history and a classic of Ukrainian magical realist cinema. The plot is based on the novel Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky.
One of the first Soviet films shows the soldiers of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army.
The film is a 1971 Soviet period drama directed by Yuri Ilyenko. It entered the 7th Moscow International Film Festival and won the Golden Prize.
The plot takes place between 1937 and 1947 in a little, traditional Hutsul village in Northern Bukovina. The film tells the story of one family where three brothers choose different sides during the war. With the heartbreak of one family, the film shows the tragedy of a nation at war.
The cossack Vasyl must immediately deliver the letter to Peterburg, the capital of the Russian Empire or he will be executed. However, the devil himself is hunting for this document and will do everything to take it away from Vasyl.
The film is a 1972 Soviet musical-tragicomedy film by Dovzhenko Film Studios in Kyiv. The movie is considered a gem of Ukrainian cinema. It depicts the Poltava region culture: rich cuisine, costumes, music, and language.
Ivan Firtsak from the Transcarpathian village Bilky was called the strongest man of the 20th century. He fought a bull with his bare hands in Spain and brought it to the restaurant; he could move a wooden hut and bent bars to escape prison.
Being the world’s most famous sportsman, he returned to his village under Soviet rule…
The film is based on the Oleksandr Havrosh novel Unbelievable Adventures of Ivan Syla – the Strongest Man in the World.
Five brothers in arms are very different and very similar simultaneously. The five men represent various social strata, professions, and beliefs. These ordinary men in an inhuman situation defend an airport in Donetsk from the Russian occupation.
This film is a 2017 Ukrainian war drama film about the Second Battle of Donetsk Airport (September 2014) during the war in Donbas.
Young sound engineer Vadim gets an important task – recording Transcarpathian animals’ voices. But it won’t be easy to do because his only companion in his job will be his mother, who wants to have a short vacation with a son.
The comedy-drama film My thoughts are Silent by director Antonio Lukich won the Special Jury Prize during the East of West section of the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
An introverted high-school girl Masha sees herself as an outsider until she starts hanging around with Yana and Senia, who share her non-conformist status. While she is trying to navigate through an intense time of adolescence, Masha falls in love for the first time.
Take a quick pick at the life of the Ukrainian teenagers with the film directed by Kateryna Gornostai.