Song of Songs

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    Song of Songs

    Pesn pesney

    Directed by

    Ukraine

    2015

    76 min

    • Russian

    Drama

    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.

    Awards

    • Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Best Film (International Competition), Best Ukrainian Film- Odessa IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award - Fribourg IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Milena Tsibulskaya
    Yevheniy Kogan
    Arina Postolova-Tihipko
    Arseniy Semenov
    Karen Badalov
    Vitalina Bibliv
    Screenplay
    Eva Neymann
    based on works by Sholem Aleichem
    Cinematography
    Rimvydas Leipus
    Editing
    Pavel Zalesov

    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.

    Production
    1+1 PRODUCTION

    Press

    A brief, oblique and rather lovely study of independence asserted and childhood dreams dashed within the Hasidic Jewish community.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    Eva Neymann

    Eva Neymann

    Ukraine

    Eva Neymann (b. 1974, Zaporozhye, Ukraine) studied law at university in the German town of Marburg and film direction at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. After her successful short film FRIERE EIN, TAUE AUF (2001) she made several documentaries which were screened at various international film festivals (JUST LIKE OLD TIMES, 2004; DAS MEER SEHEN, 2005; GOD'S WAYS, 2007). In 2007 she turned out her feature film debut AT THE RIVER, which received its international premiere at the Rotterdam IFF. Her second feature film HOUSE WITH A TURRET (2012) was screened in Karlovy Vary’s East of the West competition. SONG OF SONGS,her third feature, screened at Karlovy Vary IFF 2015.