BOGDAN KHMELNITSKI

Director:    Igor Savchenko.
Russia. 1941. 114 min.  Historical.
Cast :  Nikolai Mordvinov, Boris Bezgin, Nikita Ilchenko.

Venue  :   Centro Ruso de Ciencia y Cultura
Date  :    24 may.    18.00 h

Soviet director Igor Savchenko is well regarded in his native land for his lavish historical and war epics including Bogdan Khmelnitsky (1941), the biography of a famed Ukrainian warlord.

Year 1648. Ukraine under the oppression of Poland. Polish nobility committing outrage, burning villages one after another. Hetman of Zaporozhian Cossacks Bogdan Khmelnitsky gathers the army of defenders of the motherland…

DUMA PRO KAZAKA GOLOTU (The Ballad of Golota)

Director: Igor Savchenko.
Russia. 1937. 83 min.  Adventure.
Cast :  Konstantin Nassonov, Leonid Shekhtman, Konstantin Tyrtov.

The story of three young Russsian adventurers against the background of post-revolutionary skirmishes in the Ukraine. The boys get mixed up with a wounded commissar and a marauding White Russian officer. They find themselves in all sorts of predicaments before the Reds arrive to save the day, and become the mascots of a troop of Bolshevik cavalry.

SLUCHAINAYA VSTRECHA (Accidental Meeting)

Director: Igor Savchenko.
Russia.1936. 64 min. Drama.
Cast :   Galina Pashkova, Evgeniy Samoylov, Pyotr Savin.

A supposedly ordinary woman’s personal triumph and tragedy
is explored in Igor Savchenko’s 1936 Sluchainaya Vstrecha
(Accidental Meeting). Irina – the best shock worker in a
provincial children’s factory – develops a relationship with
the newly arrived and charming physical culture instructor
named Grisha.

Soon we learn that Irina is pregnant. Disappointed and angry
on hearing her news, Grisha asks her about what will now
happen to all their dreams.

GARMON (Accordion)

Director:   Igor Savchenko.
Russia. 1934.  66 min. Musical comedy.
Cast :   Zoya Fyodorova, Pyotr Savin, Igor Savchenko.

Venue  :    Centro Ruso de Ciencia y Cultura
Date  :    17 may.   18.00 h

Igor Savchenko’s Accordion (Garmon) was adapted from a poem by A. Zharov. This film sheds light on the reasons why the mass song came into being. In it, the country boy Timosha stops playing the accordion after being chosen leader of the local Komsomol. When he understands that he must compete with the sad kulak songs played by Tlskliby (“Mournful”), he recognizes his mistake in abandoning his accordion, and in the end he gathers the other youths around him with his lively and merry songs.