KOCHI: Their films are nothing but reflections of the political tension in the Eastern Europe, of which the people are tired.
‘Captum’, the film from Ukraine that was screened at the ALIIFF, is entirely on the conflicts being faced by many countries in the present world, not just Ukraine.
Directed by Anatoliy Mateshko, Captum (which means ‘captivity’) was screened on the second day of the All Lights India International Film Festival (ALIIFF) here on Monday.
The producers of the film, Olexander Itygilov and Anton Sladkewich, came all way from Ukraine for the screening of the movie. It was screened at the German Film Festival, Cannes and Odessa Film Festival this year.
The film tells the story of a man who transforms into a beast after being driven to despair. It is also story of the mother of a soldier, who was held captive, trying to ‘buy’ her son back from enemies. The film attempts to investigate as to what extend a person can withstand tortures and indignity, and how one is compelled to kill many for the sake of saving one,” says Olexander Itygilov. “People tend to do things they themselves are unable to bear, to other persons. They forget that they could also go through the same situation any time. In that sense, it can be said that the film has been made based on a true story,” he added.
“Russia wants Ukraine, Russia wants everything. People are tired of the tension. We are trying to give them hope through our movies,” said the producer who has 21 films to his credit. ‘Captum’ is the third movie produced by him. Anton Sladkewich is also an actor who has acted in more than 40 movies. ‘Captum’ is his second film as producer. “Now, Ukraine is a country where everyone can make anything he/she wants as the government and the rich people support art and culture. The situation is much better now than in the past,” he said.
The movie is yet to be screened in Ukariane. The premier is scheduled in February next year.