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Zvizdal [Chernobyl - So Far, So Close]

A FILMIC PORTRAIT ABOUT TWO PEOPLE LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN

A FAILED ATOMIC EXPERIMENT

The year is 1986. About 90 towns and villages around Pripyat in Ukraine are evacuated. The failure of an atomic experiment causes a drastic change in the lives of the locals. They leave their houses never to return. ZVIZDAL [CHERNOBYL – SO FAR, SO CLOSE] tells the story of Pétro and Nadia, an elderly couple who were born and raised in Zvizdal, and refused to be evacuated from the forbidden zone in the aftermath of the disaster. They chose to stay put in their home village, in their own house, in what was now a ghost town. All their acquaintances have left, their plundered houses bear witness to better days. All that is left now are petrified places, overgrown by nature.

A STORY ABOUT SOLITUDE AND SURVIVAL

Between 2011 and 2016 the Belgian theatre company Berlin followed Pétro and Nadia in an effort to portray the evolution of their story over the years. The performance mixes film with poetry, documentary with theatre, fiction with technology. The film plays out on a double sided screen, beneath which are three seasonally different models of the couple’s farm which rotate and become our window into their small world


Produced by Berlin



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Performance period
18. - 19. maj 2017

Venue Aaben Scene, Godsbanen

Duration 75 min.

TIME THURS. 21.00, FRI. 18.00

PRICE (B) 75 - 110 DKK

AGE FROM 16 YEARS

LANGUAGE UKRAINIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES


CAST NADIA AND PÉTRO OPANASSOVITCH LUBENOC

CONCEPT BART BAELE, YVES DEGRYSE, CATHY BLISSON

SCENOGRAPHY MANU SIEBENS AND INA PEETERS

INTERVIEWS YVES DEGRYSE AND CATHY BLISSON

CAMERA AND EDITING BART BAELE, GEERT DE VLEESSCHAUWER

SOUND RECORDING TOON MEURIS, BAS DE CALUWÉ, MANU SIEBENS, KAREL VERSTREKEN

INTERPRETER OLGA MITRONINA

SOUNDTRACK AND MIXING PETER VAN LAERHOVEN

IN COLLABORATION WITH DESINGEL (ANTWERP)

WITH SUPPORT OF THE FLEMISH GOVERNMENT

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PRODUCED BY BERLIN (BE)