Pamfir

par Philippe  -  25 Novembre 2022, 13:33

Pamfir

Feature movie directed by : Dmytro Sukholytkyy Sobchuk, writing credits : Dmytro Sukholytkyy Sobchuk, produced by : Laura Briand, Adolf El Assad, Adam Gudell, Oleksandra Kostina, Karina Kostina, Giancarlo Nasi, Silvana Santamaria, Klaudia Smieja, Bogna Szewczyk, Jane Yatsuta, cinematography : Mykyta Kuzmenko, film editing : Nikodem Chabior, cast : Oleksandr Yatsentyuk, Miroslav Makoviychuk, Solomia Kyrylova, Olena Khakhlatkina, Stanislav Potiak, Ivan Sharan, ..., 1h40mn, (2022).

 

 

During the last Cannes Film Festival the people and the motion picture industry gives a standing ovation to the Dmytro Sukholytkyy Sobchuk movie "Pamfir" dealing with the life in Bucovine before the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. This land doesn't own any factories and people living in must be involved in smuggling for having a better life or moving to western countries for finding jobs. Pamfir comes back to his birth country after following the same way. He belongs to the abroad Ukrainians people working hard and sending money to Ukraine for helping. Pamfir arrives just before the Malanka carnival (January 13th, 14th). Between christian and pagan cult people wear strange masks made by themselves spending their time dancing, singing and drinking. The film director knows well this carnival because he has already made a documentary about it. Pamfir finds again his wife and also his son Nizar and wants to stay there for all his life but an event will break this plan. One night Nizar burns the church and Pamfir should give some money to the godfather Oreste a drug dealer and someone who corrupt police for rebuilding it. For having money Pamfir must becoming smuggler again in spite of the oath he has made when he moves back home. Oreste has also given the order to his bodyguards using violence against Pamfir and his family like for persuading them like a famous fighting scene showing us the influence of the Dogme 95 movement on the Sobchuk way of filming. Pamfir understands that working for Oreste means the end of everything and he decides to sacrify himself for saving his son Nizar. The plot of "Pamfir" is something sad and the cinematographer Mykyta Kuzmenko underlines it with some twilight scenes looking like the Caravge paintings.

Some smugglers including Pamfir at first

Some smugglers including Pamfir at first

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