Projectionist

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    Projectionist

    Panorama

    Directed by

    Ukraine, Poland

    2019

    72 min

    • Russian
    • Ukrainian

    Documentary

    Valentin is over sixty and has spent more than forty years working at Kyiv’s oldest movie theater. You don’t have to twist his arm to go out drinking and dancing – the eccentric man simply ignores his age. He lives a satisfied “cinematic” life while caring for his ill mother with love and a sense of humor. But as with everyone else, life puts up new obstacles that he must overcome. Through careful observation, the movie offers more than a portrait of the jovial, outgoing Valentin. It also takes a nostalgic look at the past, here personified by the old-timers with whom Valentin drinks a toast while the movie projector rattles on…

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Yuriy Shylov
    Serafim Kusakin
    Ilya Ehorov
    Screenplay
    Yuriy Shylov
    Cinematography
    Yuriy Shylov
    Mateusz Wojtynski

    Director's Statement

    I have a lot of retired friends and notice the same problems and crucial points in their lives. Valentyn plays the role of a guide in this tragicomedy. Crowds of people pass by him. Losses, diseases, search for new activities and senses… All these things seem to be familiar to everybody. Valentyn is a swinger. I was curious to see the person with such a temper searching for his own sense when it all was fading, falling and going away

    Production
    MAGIKA FILM

    Press

    A picaresque and gently humorous debut.

    Meredith Taylor, Filmuforia

    Yuriy Shylov

    Yuriy Shylov

    Ukraine

    Yuriy Shylov graduated from the directing department of Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. He has worked with feature and documentary projects. In 2015, he shot the short film WEIGHT, Audience Prize in VGIK International Film Festival and in 2016 the short documentary PANORAMA: Docudays UA IFF – Student Jury Prize. Kyiv ISFF – Jury’s Special Mention, Audience Prize. Odessa IFF – Jury’s Special Mention. Gogolfest UA – Best Short Nonfiction Film. His latest work is the documentary PROJECTIONIST (2019) which premiered at KVIFF.