Pamfir

Directed by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk
Ukraine2022
Tuesday, 8 November 22 - 4:00pm
@ Cineworld
Too Late!

The primal, mythological, genre-infused aspects of Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk's fascinating feature debut might at first make you wonder how to map this darkly ironic, superbly shot Ukrainian drama onto the current war.

But Pamfir, the story of an ex-smuggler dragged back into criminality when his son accidentally burns down the local church and he has to pay for the repairs, is one of the most illuminating explorations of the way Ukraine's recent history and its ancient folklore have shaped the national character. Simultaneously tender, in its depiction of a family man struggling to raise a good son despite his own shady past, and tough, in the corruption and violence it outlines, most surprisingly, the film builds to a kind of modern fairytale, in which pagan rituals, petty rivalries and personal redemption arcs combine to – almost literally – set the screen on fire.
Actress Solomiya Kyrilova will be joining us.
Ukraine Encounters is part of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture devised jointly by the British Council and the Ukrainian Institute.

Showings

Tuesday, 8 November 2022 - 4:00pm @ Cineworld