My Father Is My Mother's Brother
by Vadym Ilkov
Ukraine, 2018, 76'
World premiere and Prix du Jury Régionyon, long métrage le plus innovant de la Compétition Internationale VdR2018
Tolik, an artist in the Ukrainian underground scene, is raising his niece Katya, a stubborn little girl who has taken to calling him Dad. Her mother, Anya, is both at the heart of the film and almost doomed to the fringes, adrift between solitude and stays in a psychiatric hospital. The film seems to float, like the melody of one of Tolik’s songs, like Anya’s blank gaze, between the daily and domestic scenes of life to sequences of stage performances, whereas the soft, white light created by Vadym Ilkov - to whom we owe, as director of photography, Mariupolis (VdR, 2016) - bathes the trio’s life in beauty that softens the tension. With this first feature-length documentary, he directs a moving family portrait, which is simple and delicate, revealing the ties that bring together and the flaws that separate. Attentive to moments of respite, silence and solitude, but also to gestures of creation—Katya’s games, drawings, pictures, Tolik’s songs—the film takes from a coming-of-age story as much as from an artist's portrait, and captures the fragile beauty of a father-daughter relationship in its universality.
Special screening on 24 October 2018 at 20:00 at Cinéma Oblò in Lausanne
In the presence of the protagoniste Anatoly (Tolik) Belov
Screening followed by a performance by Tolik, who will present an original mix of his compositions and interactions with the public. He will be present for a question and answer session after the screening.
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