03/10/2022 - Monday - October 3rd
Film Screening & Exhibition opening @ HARPA
Film: V. Silvestrov - Director: Serhiy Bukovski
Produced by MaGiKa Film
Tickets Available Here:
Fundraiser Event with Documentary Screening, Music Performances and Art Show in Honor to Composer Valentyn Vasylyovych Sylvestrov for his 85th Birthday which is September 30th , 2022.
100 % of Ticket Sales and Donations will go to Charities working in and for Ukraine.
Charities that will be donated to will be DocuHelp & a Ukraine Classics Charitable Incorporated, a Charity in support of Ukrainian Musicians..
The documentary “Silvestrov,” dedicated to this brilliant Ukrainian composer, is far from a traditional biopic about a prominent person. It is an observation, a confession and, most of all, a story of great talent set against the backdrop of uncertain times.
Of course, film authors pay tribute to the composer’s creative techniques: avantgarde of the 1960s, forced into underground at the times of socialist realism, postmodernism (his main obsession during the 1970s), metaphorical music and contemporary pieces that charm audiences around the world. But it is also a personal story of a genius mind with its oddity, curiosity and emotional depth
140 min. (3 films х 45 min.)
Ministry of Culture of Ukraine
Program for the Evening:
18:30 - 19:00 Performances by Vera Panitch and Kateryna Mysechko
1: Alexandre Sapolski - "Præludium" for two Violins.
2: Valentyn Sylvestrov - "Postludium" for Violin Solo.
3. Valentyn Sylvestrov - "Two Serenades" for Violin Solo.
4. Hanna Havrylets - "Beyond body and soul" for two Violins
19:00 - 19:20 Short intermission
19:20 - 21:00 First two Chapters Of V, Silvestrov Screened
21:00 - 21:15 Short Intermission
21:15 - 22:00 Final and Third Chapter of V, Silvestrov Screened
Member of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra
Member of the Kyiv Soloists
Art by Ukrainian Artists Olga Zherebetska, Yevgen Samborsky and Anna Senik will be on view on the Main Floor of Harpa and Artist, Fashion Designer and Filmmaker Olga Zherebetska will be present and Displaying her beautiful handcrafted Fabrics and Clothing at Rammagerðin in the main Hall of Harpa. More Info on the Artists and their works below.
DIRECT FINANCIAL AID FOR UKRAINIAN MUSICIANS
The russian war on Ukraine has brought unspeakable horrors and destruction. A country with a rich culture dating back thousands of years, Ukraine's global contribution to music is immense and now its musicians and their families are on the brink of survival with their livelihoods destroyed. Most are separated from their families across the border, others are sheltering in basements, some of them became soldiers and all of them are in need of our assistance.
Through Ukraine Classics Charitable Incorporated we help Ukrainian musicians, those who have escaped Ukraine’s borders as well as those who remain in their war-ravaged homeland. Beneficiaries are identified through musician networks and personnel info from musical organizations in Ukraine.
We provide such support as organisation of concerts, integrating Ukrainian musicians to international projects, financial support of musicians who left without work, legal support, rehabilitation of Ukrainian musicians who suffered from war, humanitarian support of Ukrainian musicians and their families, support of musicians who became soldiers and defend our homeland.
DIRECT FINANCIAL AID FOR UKRAINIAN FILMMAKERS
The team of the Docudays NGO and the Docudays UA festival is raising money for various aspects of support. We have created the DOCU/HELP initiative for Ukrainian filmmakers and the festival team to tell the world about Russia’s crimes in Ukraine, support those who are documenting these crimes, and continue to introduce the world to contemporary Ukrainian culture.
We're helping filmmakers by providing them with the most necessary filming equipment without which it is impossible to continue filming and working (such as batteries, hard drives, memory cards, chargers, adapters, microphones, replacements for damaged lenses, etc.). We will also help cover the costs of fuel, medicine and first aid kits, as well as basic needs in emergency situations
Serhiy Bukovsky graduated from the Film Department of the Karpen- ko-Karyi Kyiv State Institute of Theatrical Arts. After serving in the Soviet Army, he worked at the Ukrainian documentary film studio for more than a decade.
During his 35-year film career, Bukovsky made approximately 40 films. Some of them received awards at prestigious international film festivals: LeipzigDOK (Germany), Oberhgauzen IFF (Germany), Krakow IFF (Poland), Vision du Real (Nion, Swiss), IDFA (Netherlands), Margaret Maid IFF (New York, USA), Molodist IFF (Ukraine), Odesa IFF (Ukraine). His films were also received Ukrainian TV Prize “Teletriumph” and Ukraini- an Film Academy prize “Zolota Dzyga.”
Now he works as an independent director. Five years ago, he founded the Serhiy Bukovsky Film Program for aspiring Ukrainian directors.
More info at www.sergey-bukovsky.com
V.Silvestrov (Ukraine, 2020, 143’)
I don’t create music, it creates me.
Valentyn Silvestrov is a Ukrainian composer, a prominent figure in contemporary classical music. The film is an observation, a confession and, most of all, a story of great talent set against the backdrop of uncertain times.
Valentyn Silvestrov is a Ukrainian composer, a prominent figure in contemporary classical music. The pieces of Silvestrov sound in movies (of François Ozon and Kira Muratova in particular). They are an integral part of the repertoire of the world's lead orchestras. Silvestrov even was twice nominated for Grammy. The film is an observation, a confession, and, most of all, a story of great talent set against the backdrop of an uncertain time.
The year is 1990. The Berlin wall has already fallen, the Soviet Union is about to collapse, the map of Europe is changing rapidly. This same year Valentyn Silvestrov visits the Lockenhaus Festival (Germany) as a composer in residence. The world discovers his “quiet music”. Soon, it’s going to sound in big concert halls and movies (of François Ozon and Kira Muratova in particular) and even be twice nominated for Grammy. The pieces of Silvestrov are an integral part of Gidon Kremer’s performances as well as the repertoire of the orchestra conducted by Roman Kofman. It makes them extremely popular with musicians and classical music fans.
The world has heard and understood Silvestrov’s music language, but as a person and composer, he was formed in the environment which still remains a sort of enigma for the global audience. The growing interest in the New East countries produces a lot of stereotypes, creating rather imaginable than real vision. The film about Silvestrov is, among others, an opportunity to dive into his world, to see society through the eyes of insider and genius.
When I face the chance to make a movie about a person, the opportunity to focus on biography seduces me. The most exciting part is to observe and talk - not about ordinary things but something big and eternal. Valentyn Silvestrov is a man of sound, thought and memory. We talk about the miracle of the birth of music.
Serhiy Bukovsky is the Honored Artist of Ukraine and winner of the Shevchenko State Award. He has worked at the Ukrainian studio of documentary film for more than a decade. During his 30-year film career Bukovsky has directed about 40 documentaries. His works have been screened and awarded at numerous international film festivals: DOKLeipzig, Oberhgauzen IFF, Krakow IFF, Vision du Real, IDFA, Margaret Maid IFF, Molodist IFF. His films also received Ukrainian TV Prize “Teletriumph” and Ukrainian Film Academy prize “Zolota Dzyga”. In 2014 he founded the documentary film program for aspiring filmmakers.
Director Serhiy Bukovsky
Producer, member of the European Documentary Network (EDN). Expert of the State Film Agency of Ukraine, Lecturer at the Department of Media Communications Kharkiv National University.
He has worked as a freelance journalist, scriptwriter and filmmaker. In the 90s he founded the MaGiKa Film Company – one of the first independent production companies in Ukraine, based in Kharkiv and Kyiv, Ukraine (www.magikafilm.com.ua).
Since 2003 he is one of the founders Docudays UA, Human Rights International Documentary Film Festival in Kyiv (www.docudays.org.ua). Produced several shorts and animation films. Directed more than 20 documentaries, and produced more than 50 documentaries
Founded in 1992
MaGiKa Film is one of the first independent production companies in Ukraine based in Kharkiv and Kyiv.
Main fields of activities are:
Production of documentary and animation films,
Documentary film promotion,
MaGiKa Film has produced more than 50 shorts, animation films and documentaries, and about 13,600 hours of TV programs for broadcast .
Films have been screened by more than 70 TV broadcast channels, selected for competition and non-competition programs about of 150 film festivals around the world, distributed in cinema theaters, outreach projects, included for film clubs collections for schools, universities, youth NGOs, libraries, corrective labor colonies and educational facilities of the penitentiary system.
Since 2003 MaGiKa Film’ team is one of the co-founders and co-organizer of the Docudays UA, Human Rights International Documentary Film Festival in Kyiv. (The Docudays UA is a Ukrainian documentary film festival that has a focus on a competition program of creative documentary films and films on human rights) www.docudays.org.ua
Since 2004 MaGiKa Film is co-founder and co-organizer of the International Documentary Workshop in Ukraine www.idw.in.ua