Yuri ILIENKO
Юрий ИЛЬЕНКО
Youri ILIENKO
USSR, 1971, 99mn 
Colour, fiction
Belaya Ptitsa s chernoy otmetinoy
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Белая птица с черной отметиной

 

 The White Bird Marked With Black

 L'Oiseau blanc marqué de noir

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

Awards :
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 :
- Kyiv International Film Festival 'Molodist', Kiev (Ukraine), 2017
- Kyiv International Film Festival 'Molodist', Kiev (Ukraine), 2012
- Festival Russian kino 'Moscow Premier Screenings', Moscow (Russia), 2010

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