From March 15, BOZAR will host Ukrainian Spring, a festival of Ukrainian culture that combines films, literary discussions and a concert by the internationally acclaimed group Dakh Daughters. This will be the fourth year in a row that Ukraine takes centre stage, having started its successful run in 2016 with Ukraine on Film, aimed at promoting Ukrainian cinema in Belgium.
The film program of UKRAINIAN SPRING includes four films: eastern ‘The Wild Fields’ (2018) by Yaroslav Lodygin, mystical drama ‘The Gateway’ (2017) by Volodymyr Tykhyy, animated fantasy ‘The Stolen Princess: Ruslan and Liudmyla’ (2018) by Oleg Malamuzh, drama ‘Swan Lake: The Zone’ by Yuri Illenko.
The event is supported by the Ukrainian Embassy in Belgium, Ukrainian State Film Agency, the Association of Ukrainians in Belgium, BOZAR and Arthouse Traffic, will be held in BOZAR, Brussels, from March 15 to 17.
The Stolen Princess
Ukraine 2018 / 85 minutes
Director: Oleg Malamuzh
This whimsical story is set in Kyiv at the time of brave knights, beautiful princesses and powerful wizards. Ruslan, an itinerant artist who dreams of becoming a knight, meets the beautiful Mila and falls in love with her, unaware that she is the daughter of the Prince of Kyiv. But their happiness is short-lived; the evil magician Chornomor captures Mila hoping to use the power of their love to increase his own power. With no thought for himself, Ruslan sets out to save the kidnapped princess, overcoming all obstacles and proving that true love is stronger than magic.