As a student at the National Music Academy in Kyiv, Denis takes his graduation project very seriously. But he doesn’t want to be absorbed by the routine of formal examinations. He decides to revisit and present a new edition of The Barber of Seville, bringing to the stage young and unknown vocal talents, and motivating the artists to sing and recite in Italian, the opera’s original language. What does it mean to be both a student and a conductor? How do you deal with organisational problems and a hostile orchestra, unwilling to collaborate? How do you get through all of this without lowering the artistic standards your mentor has been teaching you for the past few years?
Anton Yaremchuk is the creator and a DP of the Loud Film Collective. He is currently based in Berlin and Kyiv, and is completing his studies at the Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Film, and Television University. His short film Punti di Vista, about the life of ordinary students during the Maidan protests, won the Generation Reporter 2015 prize in Italy.
Selected: Punti di Vista (2014)
Danila Okulov studies at the Sound Faculty at the Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Film, and Television University. He worked on the sound restoration team at the production of the feature film Dau (directed by Ilya Khrzhanovsky), and participated as a sound assistant on the film The Synagogue (directed by Ivan Orlenko).
Selected: The Pit (2016)