Pre-premiere screening of the film Grey Horses by Mykola Ridnyi


Saturday, 24 December 2016, 19:00

The film script is based on the records of interrogations and stories by the relatives of the little known Ukrainian anarchist Ivan Krupskyi – Mykola Ridnyi’s great grandfather. The film is divided into parts, devoted to the paradoxically diverse protagonist’s life periods: his leadership in a militia unit, participation in the civil war in the beginning of the 1920s, police service, and work as a construction person at the Soviet factory.

Nonfictional and staged episodes reproduce the past through the actions of today’s heroes: anarchists, police officers, students and workers. The shooting took place directly on historical sites: Poltava, Gadyach, Kharkiv and Bohodukhiv.

The film questions the processes of historical memory formation and glorification of the individual figures in accordance with the interests of contemporary politics.

Grey Horses, 44’07’, 2016

Director, screenwriter, editor, producer – Mykola Ridnyi
Cameramen: Dmytro Pashko, Pavlo Itkin, Vadym Smarchenko, Mykola Ridnyi.
Participants: Volodymyr Balash, Alisa Mordasova, Yan Gerasimov, Inna Zyablikova, Ihor Popelnyuk, Danylo Rechkovskyi, Karina Terletska, Andriy Rachynskyi and others.
Line producer – Lyuba Knorozok
Project partner –

Admission is free

Mykola Ridnyi is an artist, curator, coeditor of Prostory on-line magazine. His works were exhibited in Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2016), Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (2016, 2015), at the 56th Venice Biennale, The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015, etc. He lives and works in Kharkiv.

Supported by: ERSTE Stiftung and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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