Docudays UA at ART-PICTINC: feature films

27 August 2013

Docudays UA presents screenings of documentaries at the festival Slava Frolova’s ART-PICNIC. Third and fourth screenings will take place on August 30 and September 6 at 8:30 pm in 8th pavilion of VDNH complex (Vystavkovyi Tsentr metro station).


Two final screenings will focus on full-length creative documentaries. Docudays UA will present two films from this year's competition program DOCU/LIFE.


On August 30 a Serbian film “Dragan Wende – West Berlin” will be presented, directors Dragan von Petrovic, Lena Müller (Serbia, 2012, 87’)


Once he was King, now he is invisible. In this Balkan tragicomical documentary set in West-Berlin, the young cameraman Vuk from Belgrade embarks on the trail of his uncle Dragan Wende who used to be the street king of West Berlin’s hedonistic 1970s disco scene. Being Yugoslav, he also profited from the Berlin Wall. Today, Vuk’s uncle is an aged bordello doorman who lives off social welfare and wants the Wall back. Seen through his nephew's eyes, a microcosm of underdogs and their survival strategies unfolds in this family tale about the Losers of Change in a still-divided city.



On September 6 audience will see a Canadian film “The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song”, director Christy Garland (Canada, 2012, 71’)


Paul ‘Muscle’ is very busy. He has his eye fixed firmly on the middle class, hoping to pull his family up with him. His birds need constant attending, as he ekes out a living raising fighting cocks and songbirds. And he’s trying, not very successfully, to get his mother Mary off the booze. At 75, Mary’s hurt herself on her frequent sojourns out on the road, searching for drink. She drinks to forget and to drown out the night, which she has good reason to dread. She still recites some of her moving poems by heart, to her family who listen with love and admiration. But her determination to thwart Muscle, and his flawed attempts to control her drinking, has led her son to take more drastic action.



Photo by Oleksiy Karpovych

March 2020