USSR, 1970, 99mn 
Colour, fiction
The White Bird Marked With Black
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Белая птица с черной отметиной


 L'Oiseau blanc marqué de noir

 Belaya Ptitsa s chernoy otmetinoy

Other titles : Bily Ptakh Z Chornoyu Oznakoyu
Directed by : Yuri ILIENKO (Юрий ИЛЬЕНКО)
Writing credits : Yuri ILIENKO (Юрий ИЛЬЕНКО), Ivan MIKOLAJCHUK (Иван МИКОЛАЙЧУК)
Mikhail ILYENKO (Михаил ИЛЬЕНКО)
Bogdan STUPKA (Богдан СТУПКА) ...Orest
Cinematography : Vilen KALYUTA (Вилен КАЛЮТА)
Production design : Anatoli MAMONTOV (Анатолий МАМОНТОВ)
Sound : Leonid VACHI (Леонид ВАЧИ)
Production : Studio Dovzhenko
format : 35 mm

Awards :
First prize Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 1971
Premier prix au Festival de Moscou, 1971

Plot synopsis
This epic, which won the grand prize at the Moscow Film Festival in 1971, chronicles a family's struggle for survival in an area that was claimed as part of Rumania, Poland and the Ukraine, all within a short span of time. The family is very poor, and has a great many children. Operating under the childish impression that the stork is to blame for bringing so many children to his family, a young boy attempts to kill a stork, but is prevented by his mother, who tells him a different story. His father has had the difficult choice of smuggling contraband across the ever-shifting border, or selling his sons into indentured servitude in order to help the family survive. When World War II comes, various family members choose different masters; some even choose to work for the Soviets. War, struggle, marriages, births, deaths--all these events punctuate the story of this large family. Belaya Ptitsa s Chernoi Otmetinoi, or Bily Ptakh Z Chornoyu Oznakoyu was filmed in the Ukrainian language and was directed by the famed Ukrainian cinematographer, Yuri Ilyenko. It is notable for the way its rich, poetic imagery splashes across the screen, and is considered to be an important part of Ukrainian film heritage.
Clarke Fountain, www.allmovie.com

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Kyiv International Film Festival 'Molodist', Kiev (Ukraine), 2017
- Kyiv International Film Festival 'Molodist', Kiev (Ukraine), 2012
- International Film Festival of the Commonwealth Countries "Moscow Premiere", Moscow (Russia), 2010
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 1971

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