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GIFFONI50PLUS - 21.31 JULY 2021

Archivio Film 2019


Category: Edition 2019

On the Saint Nicholas's Day eve, 2nd-grade pupil Artem with his elder sister and parents are forced to move from the city to the small house in the Carpathian Mountains. The Vasylenko family are experiencing difficulties: the father is fired, children do not get along, besides, the father breaks his arm and mother takes him to the hospital. When children find themselves at home alone, Saint Nicholas appears. In fact, it is the criminal called “Boar”. He escaped from the police and took away the clothes of the real Nicholas. To save the holiday, children must pull together and show their courage and savvy.

Category Official Competition
Section Elements +6
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 80'
Production Year 2018
Nationality Ukraine
Directed by Semen Gorov
Screenplay Anton Baselinsky
Director of photography Oleksii Stepanov
Editor Volodymyr Senchenko
Production Design Lesya Patoka
Music Yurii Grom
Main cast Masha Yefrosinina
Vasyl Virastiuk
Grigoriy Bokovchenko
Przhemyslaw Tzipriankiy
Maksym Luchak
Ivanna Boroday
Produced by Maria Keil, Maria Donchyk

 regista Semen GorovSEMEN GOROV
Born in 1971, he graduated from The Ivan Karpenko-Kary National Theatre, Cinema and Television University with a specialization in film directing. Semen worked as a director at the Lesya Ukrainka Russian drama theater. After that, Gorov began to make videos for Ukrainian artists, his work fast became popular both in Ukraine and abroad. He also worked for TV channels such as First National, Inter and 1 + 1 and directed about a hundred music videos and the musicals "Evenings on a farm near Dikanka" and "Cinderella".

Director's statement
"This is a coming-of-age story of one boy; it’s about believing in fairy-tales and trusting miracles to transform lives for the best, to grant joy, friendship and love. A small car with a hitch full of stuff is moving from a big city to a little town. Not everything is going well with a family in this car. A father and a mother are on the edge of divorce, a teenage daughter is surly because she has left the city life and her friends behind. The boy is very worried about the family atmosphere. We meet our main character in a wonderful period of his life: he’s grown up enough to comprehend life difficulties and yet is young enough to believe in miracles. He’s trying to hide from troubles in a computer game, but real adventures are waiting for him! If you believe in Santa Claus – prove it! This is what life teaches him, this is how the journey of the young “real warrior” starts: from weakness and dependence – to strength and confidence. […] The boy needs to discover the difference between fairy tale and cruel reality. He needs to take up the responsibility both for his safety and for his sister. This is the only way to get a real present – to become a hero. His family’s hero".


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