Culture News, 28/09/2016

Film of Zhadan’s ‘Voroshylovhrad’ Nominated for State Finance

A film based on Serhiy Zhadan’s 2010 novel Voroshylovhrad is among 48 proposed productions which are to be recommended for public funding by Derzhkino, Ukraine’s state film agency.

The agency says it will request 500m hryvnias (about $19m) from the Ministry of Culture to part-fund production of the films, which it selected from 172 projects submitted for consideration.

But the funding would only cover about half of the production cost of the film, which director Yaroslav Lodygin puts at about €1.1m ($1.2m or 32m hryvnias).

Voroshylovhrad tells the story of a young man from Luhansk Region who is forced to return home to protect his brother’s business from raiders.

Describing the film as an “Eastern”, Lodygin has spoken of his surprise at discovering that the term was used in the 1960s and 70s to refer to movies made in the Soviet Union in the style of the Western genre.

He has called Voroshylovhrad the main book of the Ukrainian generation”, and said that he thinks “the movie must be sunny and ironic”.

The director says he plans to begin shooting the film towards the end of next summer, and expects it to be a full-length feature, with a runtime our around two hours.