“Taras Bulba,” the most grandiose Ukrainian film-project of recent years, is finally reaching the big screen. In fact the movie was finished awhile ago but the decision was made to release it in time for 200th anniversary of the great Ukrainian-Russian writer Nikolay Gogol – the author of the short story the movie is based on. Set in the 16th century Ukraine, “Taras Bulba” is a semi-historical tale of patriotism, bravery, love and betrayal centered around mighty Cossack Taras Bulba and his two sons, Andriy and Ostap. The story was turned into an opera by Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko, and filmed four times, most notably in the 1962 by J. Lee Thompson, starring Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis. The newest Ukrainian-Russian production stars famed Ukrainian, Russian and Polish actors, including Ukraine’s top acting star, Bohdan Stupka as Bulba. The director of the film, Russian Vladimir Bortko created a number of TV-series, and movies, most notable of them being the adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s “Heart of a Dog.”


Various theaters. From April 2.

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