The Code Keepers documentary reveals the secrets of creating a collection of clothes, fabrics, and jewelry by Ukrainian designer Olga Zherebetska in collaboration with artists Tereza Barabash and Danylo Lychko. The fashion collection is dedicated to the unique style of Ukrainian architecture "Hutsul Art Nouveau" or “Hutsul Secession”, the brightest representative of which in the XIX-XX was a famous Ukrainian architect, teacher, businessman, and public figure Ivan Levynsky.
In parallel with the process of creating a collection, the film intertwines modernity with history, and the stories of experts, scientists, and architects take us on time travels through the cultural codes of Hutsul and Ukrainian modernism.
The Code Keepers documentary is designed to draw attention to the art of Galicia and rethink the unique direction of Ukrainian architectural style “Hutsul Art Nouveau”, based on the traditions of folk architecture. It was the Ukrainian architect Ivan Levynsky who was the founder of this style.
Ivan Levynsky for the first time transferred the cultural code of the Hutsul region to the city through wooden structures, pointed roofs, majolica, sculpture, and metal. He returned art to architecture and engraved the Ukrainian cultural code on the foundation, facade, and walls.
Ivan Levynsky was not just one of the city's architects, but a teacher, developer, public figure, factory owner, and the most powerful entrepreneur of his time. He provided a record number of people with work due to the appropriate construction and turnkey construction.
As it should be, Ivan Levynsky gathered a strong community around him. Among his friends were iconic personalities: Julian Zakharievich, Tadeusz Obminsky, and Andrei Sheptytsky.
Together with his colleagues, Levynsky aroused Lviv, which we admire today. The main railway station, the Opera House, the Dniester Insurance Company, Kastelivka - the structure was realized by their forces.
“The Code Keepers is an atypical rethinking of the unique architectural phenomenon "Hutsul Art Nouveau" through the symbiosis of fashion, cinema, and architecture. These are crafts that in their interweaving form a new high-quality, Ukrainian product of international level” - says fashion designer Olga Zherebetska
“Code Keepers preserve the codes not only of Levynsky, but of Ukraine in general. It is important to study our roots, to be grateful for everything that has made us. Lviv architecture, created by Levynsky's bureau, gives a feeling of freedom. In the film, we convey our admiration for Levynsky and his entourage and try to make the audience fall in love with the "Hutsul secession" because it is worth it, " - said Gala Kozyutynska, film director and co-owner of What If Creative Studio.
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International title: Code Keepers
Original title: Хранителі кодів
Running time: 41 mins
Original Languages: Ukrainian
Subtitle Language: English
Author of idea: Olga Zherebetska
Director: Gala Kozyutynska Producer: Viktor Petrov
Operators: Gala Kozyutynska, Roman Ostrovskyi
Film editors: Gala Kozyutynska, Viktor Petrov
Drone operator: Oleg Rak Production: What If Creative Studio Music composed by: Michael Balog, Daria Turina
Financial: with support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation