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    The Living Fire

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    Director: Ostap Kostjuk

    Country: Ukraine

    Year: 2014

    Length: 77'

    Language: In Ukrainian with English subtitles

    Introduction by Svetlana Kruusvall.

    The film follows three males of different generations living in the Ukrainian Carpathians: Ivan is an 82-year-old retired shepherd who lives a lonely life, having recently buried his wife. Ten-year-old Ivanko is just beginning his life and studying at the county boarding school, while 39-year-old Vasyl raises young lambs on his farm. When spring comes, all three head for the mountains, following the shepherd’s calling that is becoming ever more difficult to sustain in the contemporary world.

    The age-old ritual of lighting “The Living Fire” was maintained in the Hutsul region until the middle of the 20th century.The film follows three males of different generations living in the Ukrainian Carpathians: Ivan is an 82-year-old retired shepherd who lives a lonely life, having recently buried his wife. Ten-year-old Ivanko is just beginning his life and studying at the county boarding school, while 39-year-old Vasyl raises young lambs on his farm. When spring comes, all three head for the mountains, following the shepherd’s calling that is becoming ever more difficult to sustain in the contemporary world.

    The age-old ritual of lighting “The Living Fire” was maintained in the Hutsul region until the middle of the 20th century.