Crystal Swan

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    Crystal Swan

    Khrustal

    Directed by

    Belarus, Germany, USA, Russia

    2018

    95 min

    • English
    • Belarusian

    Fiction

    Young Evelina has a law degree, but her dream is to travel to the USA and earn a living as a professional DJ. It’s 1996, however, and the girl is living in post-Soviet Minsk. The country is suffering an economic crisis with high unemployment, and its citizens receive payment in kind. In order to obtain a visa and fulfil her dream, Evelina needs to provide evidence at the embassy that she has a permanent job. But then fortuitous events lead her to a backwater village where her destiny interlocks for a time with a local family planning a wedding...

    Awards

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    • Grand Prix - Odesa IFF
    • Belarus' Submission for the 91st Academy Awards
    • Belarus' Submission for the 91st Academy Awards

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Alina Nasibullina
    Ivan Mulin
    Yury Borisov
    Svetlana Anikey
    Ilya Kapanets
    Screenplay
    Helga Landauer
    Cinematography
    Carolina Costa
    Editing
    Sergey Dmitrenko
    Michal Leszczylowski
    Sales
    LOCO FILMS
    Production
    TURNSTYLE TV LLC

    Press

    Crystal Swan boasts a luminous lead performance from rising Russian screen queen Alina Nasibullina, plus a sparky, sardonic script by Zhuk and Helga Laudauer.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    A young woman's American dream hits a few snags in Darya Zhuk's lively, irony-flecked culture-clash comedy, Belarus's official Oscar submission.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    Darya Zhuk

    Darya Zhuk

    Belarus

    In my recent films, I've been trying to capture this certain female ‘cool’ that I can bottle up and spill all over the screen. Something I haven't seen enough on screen growing up. I want to see bold but flawed women take more risks on screen and behind the camera.

    Belarus-born award-winning film director Darya Zhuk has been obsessing over filmmaking long enough to see her short films selected at SXSW, Tarkovsky, Oaxaca, Atlanta, Palm Springs, Koroche, Santa Fe Independent film festivals, to name a few. She is a graduate of Columbia University MFA program in Directing. Darya lives and creates between Minsk and Brooklyn. In 2015, she won the best female writer/director award from New York Women in Film and Television for her short film THE REAL AMERICAN. Her feature debut CRYSTAL SWAN screened in the East of the West Competition at Karlovy Vary IFF 2018 and won the Grand Prix at the Odesa International Film Festival.

    Selected Filmography