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Genre: dark comedy
Synopsis

Rumours of the death of easterns are not true. On the contrary. Ukrainian Jaroslav Lodygin (31) has produced a grotesque and amusing film with sharply social undertones, refreshing the formulae of the genre.

Herman is forced to return from Kharkiv to this native town in Donbas in order to take over his brother’s petrol station which the cross-border mafia has its eye on. The wild fields surrounding it are a historical gateway from the East to the West – a place where different interests clash time and again. The events at the old petrol station become a model of the crazy life and social relationships in Ukraine, a witty allegory of the time when hints of the imminent Donbas war are in the air.

The author presents an elegant pastiche of the legendary standoffs of the spaghetti westerns of Kaurismäki, the Coen brothers and Sergio Leone and much more with youthful exuberance and very funny moments. The film radiates good creative energy and carries a message which is very topical today – everyone should protect their wild fields. The film is based on renowned Ukrainian younger generation author Serhiy Zhadan’s award-winning novel "Voroshilovgrad". The city is now called Luhansk.

Tiit Tuumalu

Director
Yaroslav Lodygin

(b. 1987) graduated from Kharkiv National University, as a historian. He started to work on the local radio and TV at the age of 16 and received Ukrainian Olympic Committee's Best Sports Journalist Award 2010 at the age of 23. Then left radio for several years and switched to television and filming. Worked as a screenwriter and a presenter at the national networks with notable work for Nashi documentary series (10+ million viewers). As an independent filmmaker created four short movies and won several awards. He is known as a stand-up comedian and poet. 

Filmography
  • Dike pole (The Wild Fields, 2018)
Wed, 28.11.2018
6:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
130904
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 130904
Movie guests
Producer Vladimir Yatsenko, Director  Yaroslav Lodygin
Thu, 29.11.2018
7:00 pm
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
141702
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 141702
Sat, 01.12.2018
9:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
160609
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 160609
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Countries: Ukraine, Switzerland
Year: 2018
Duration: 118 minutes
Languages: Ukrainian, Russian
Director: Yaroslav Lodygin
Producer:  Vladimir Yatsenko
Writers:  Natalia Vorozhbyt, Serhiy Zhadan, Yaroslav Lodygin
DOP: Serhiy Mykhalchuk
Composer: Fima Chupakhin
Cast:  Oleg Moskalenko, Vladimir Yamnenko, Georgiy Povolotskiy, Oleksiy Gorbunov, Ruslana Khazipova
Productions: Limelite, Film Brut
Synopsis

Rumours of the death of easterns are not true. On the contrary. Ukrainian Jaroslav Lodygin (31) has produced a grotesque and amusing film with sharply social undertones, refreshing the formulae of the genre.

Herman is forced to return from Kharkiv to this native town in Donbas in order to take over his brother’s petrol station which the cross-border mafia has its eye on. The wild fields surrounding it are a historical gateway from the East to the West – a place where different interests clash time and again. The events at the old petrol station become a model of the crazy life and social relationships in Ukraine, a witty allegory of the time when hints of the imminent Donbas war are in the air.

The author presents an elegant pastiche of the legendary standoffs of the spaghetti westerns of Kaurismäki, the Coen brothers and Sergio Leone and much more with youthful exuberance and very funny moments. The film radiates good creative energy and carries a message which is very topical today – everyone should protect their wild fields. The film is based on renowned Ukrainian younger generation author Serhiy Zhadan’s award-winning novel "Voroshilovgrad". The city is now called Luhansk.

Tiit Tuumalu

Director
Yaroslav Lodygin

(b. 1987) graduated from Kharkiv National University, as a historian. He started to work on the local radio and TV at the age of 16 and received Ukrainian Olympic Committee's Best Sports Journalist Award 2010 at the age of 23. Then left radio for several years and switched to television and filming. Worked as a screenwriter and a presenter at the national networks with notable work for Nashi documentary series (10+ million viewers). As an independent filmmaker created four short movies and won several awards. He is known as a stand-up comedian and poet. 

Filmography
  • Dike pole (The Wild Fields, 2018)