EVENT, SCREENING, SCREENING + Q&A
Sunday, Mar 26 at 3:15 pm
Location: Bartos Screening Room
NOTE: the encore screening on March 26 will not be preceded by the short.
Dir. Maksym Melnyk. Germany/Ukraine. 2022, 84 mins. In Ukrainian with English subtitles. Tucked in the Carpathian Mountains between Ukraine, Slovakia, and Poland is the remote, sparsely populated village of Stuzhytsia (roughly “cold place” in Ukrainian). A young director and cinematographer come to town and meet three women: the no-nonsense, elderly solo farmer Hanna; the sympathetic, beleaguered postwoman Maria; and the intrepid biologist Nelya. An attentive work of observational cinema quickly develops into something more porous and collaborative when the women’s sense of community and instinct for connection draw the filmmakers in front of the camera. They toast and drink together, they sit for dinner and develop a genial rapport, and the young men even bring Hanna a piglet to adopt. The opposite of a detached portrait, Three Women freely engages and communes with the village, capturing the warmth of the place and its people. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2022 DOK Leipzig. New York premiere
Ashes by Name Is Man
Dir. Ewelina Rosińska. Germany/Poland. 2023, 20 mins. No dialogue. 16mm-to-DCP. “The film shifts between a portrait of my 80-year-old grandparents and my view on the elements and imagery of the national-Catholic narrative in the Polish landscape. The title is borrowed from a church notice board in Nowa Grobla, in Roztocze. At the center of my explorations is the rage of the hills of Roztocze, while Krakow and Lviv form the boundaries of the area in which I was shooting. The film deals with the meaning of the Polish und Ukrainian landscape in physical, cultural, and historical terms. It is my personal approach to the experience of growing up in Poland, where the war and post-war history is constantly present and the process of forming a national identity has never lost its meaning.” North American premiere
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.
About the Filmmakers:
Maksym Melnyk is a Ukrainian filmmaker and cinematographer. After working as a journalist for a regional TV studio, he studied film direction at the Bratislava Academy of performing arts. He continued his studies at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, where he majored in documentary film. In 2017, he worked as a cinematographer for The Color of Intelligence (2017). In 2022 he graduated with his first feature, Three Women.
Ewelina Rosińska is a Polish experimental filmmaker based in Germany and Portugal. Her first experimental film, Earth in the Mouth (2020), was screened at the Punto de Vista Film Festival in Pamplona and the Courtisane Festival in Gent. Her short film Ashes by Name Is Man (2023) was selected for IFFR 2023.