Song of Songs

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Song of Songs (Pesn pesney)

Directed by Eva Neymann

  • Ukraine 2015; 76 min
  • Original version: Russian
  • Genre: Drama
    • Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Best Film (International Competition), Best Ukrainian Film- Odessa IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award - Fribourg IFF

  • Toronto IFF


1905. A Jewish Shtetl. Shimek and Buzya are two 10 year olds. Of course, she is a princess and he is a prince. They live in the same yard, in neighboring palaces. What Buzya really means to him, Shimek begins to understand only years later when, far away from home, he receives the news that Buzya is about to be married off.

Director's Statement

"Song of Songs" by Sholem Aleichem to me was a treasure in which simplicity and fragility are the strongholds. Here you have real beauty, the deepness that allows one to soar high. In the film, I wanted very conscientiously to bring to screen the world created by Sholem Aleichem. The basis of this precious world is the special chastity that allows one to retain the ability to forgive and to breathe as in childhood, and absolutely seriously to long for something quite unrealizable.

I wanted to get to the place where fears will recede in front of tenderness, where the soul will rest, and will remember something very dear, very close, where one can hope that two parallel lines will intersect: on the one hand the graceful line of dreams, weightlessness, and on the other, the vulnerability facing the circumstances that usually make up the ineluctable stream of life.