V. Silvestrov (film)
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V.Silvestrov (Ukrainian: В.Сильвестров) is a documentary feature-length film directed by Serhiy Bukovsky. The movie depicts the personality of the famous Ukrainian composer Valentyn Silvestrov and consists of three parts: The Virus of Expression, Memory Corner, Alleluia. Each part covers a certain period of the composer's life and work. The shooting lasted from January to June 2019.
Part 1. The Virus of Expression
The first part documents the working process at studio and Valentyn Silvestrov's feedbacks during the rehearsal of his choir pieces. Composer's perfectionism and attentiveness turn rehearsal process into a hard sell for singers.
Part 2. Memory Corner
The second part is a detailed conversation between Valentyn Silvestrov and Serhiy Bukovsky. The broad space of memory is presented here. The composer recalls his wartime childhood, the first piano pieces, misunderstanding with his father, scandal around Silvestrov's exclusion from Composer's Union, and avant-garde experiments in times of total socialistic realism.
Part 3. Alleluia
The full rehearsal of children choir Shchedryk takes place at Lutheran Church in Kyiv. Kids are singing Alleluia which is one of the most famous choir pieces of Valentyn Silvestrov. The meeting of the experienced maestro with young musicians reveals unexpected features of the composer's personality. He is demanding, stubborn and a bit lost at the same time.
- V.Silvestrov on IMDB
- V.Silvestrov on MaGiKa-Film Production official website
- Official Trailer (YouTube)
- Official Facebook page
- Review by Tue Steen Müller
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