Ukrainian Sheriffs

Toldi
Nov 11, 20:30
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Kino
Nov 12, 19:00
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Focus on Ukraine
Roman Bondarchuk
2015
Ukraine
Germany
Latvia
80min
Ukrainian
Special Jury Award in Feature Length Competition, IDFA, 2015.

Viktor and Volodya were appointed local sheriffs by the mayor in the town of Stara Zburyevka, Ukraine. Their duty is to mend the quarrels and problems of the community in the village that has no regular police force. There’s a sly bum whose gift is not to work. There’s a man on the loose with an axe. And there’s the mayor who believes in the ability of his villagers to change for the better. Driving in their yellow Lada flying its own little Ukrainian flag, they travel from incident to incident – calming an angry neighbor, investigating the discovery of a body, struggling to unfold a stroller and attempting to re-integrate Vova, the freeloader who eats other people’s dogs but actually longs for a normal existence – just like everyone else here. The seasons pass until political developments reach the village by way of the TV screen, sowing separatist discord. Around the time of the celebrations for the country’s Independence Day, the men of the village are drafted into the army. Ukrainian Sheriffs offers insight into the everyday life of a Ukrainian village observed with dry humor and a great eye for detail.

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