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All Things Ablaze

2014 DOK Leipzig, Doc Young Cinema Competition, Film Prize "Leipziger Ring"
Ukraine | 2014 | 82 min. | Russian, Ukrainian | English subtitles | World Premiere
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The Ukraine may be ablaze for a while yet and the symbol of the Maidan in Kiev – burning barrels and tyre barricades – may continue to be the visual and olfactory nexus of the revolutionary memory. Sooty faces, determined but tired, their heads bloody but hard. The many-voiced battle cry “Glory to Ukraine, glory to the heroes”, a strange common denominator shared by all the rebels, echoes across the square. What started with drums, bagpipes and European flags and turned seamlessly into bloody resistance against the truncheon battalions and violence on both sides sparked – which this collective project, expressive and informative despite its abstinence of commentary makes abundantly clear – an energy in the masses that was unpredictable and unstoppable.
There is a scene at the heart of the film whose length takes it to the limits of endurance but makes its symbolism almost palpable: protesters joyfully and forcefully demolish a huge bust of Lenin, taking victory photos (not quite sure about what precisely Lenin has to do with their hatred) while an old Soviet character hugs his beloved colossal stone fragment and refuses to let go until he almost collapses. The Maidan as a battlefield. Quelle horreur!
Barbara Wurm
Original Title: All Things Ablaze
Country: Ukraine
Year: 2014
Language: Russian, Ukrainian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 82 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov, Dmitry Stoykov
Producer: Yulia Serdyukova
Cinematographer: Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov, Dmitry Stoykov
Editor: Marina Maykovskaya, Aleksey Solodunov
Sound: Oleg Golovoshkin, Boris Peter
Music: Anton Baibakov
Yulia Serdyukova
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