The film "Bucha" by Stanislav Tiunov will be shown as part of a project to counter Russian propaganda in New York
The working materials of the art film "Bucha," created by screenwriter and producer Oleksandr Shchur and director Stanislav Tiunov, will be presented at a special event called "Art against propaganda" to counter Russian propaganda. The event will take place on October 8th at the University Club in New York. This information was announced by the film's press service.
The special guest of the event will be Semen Dukach, the Managing Director of Techstars, and the co-organizer and host for the evening will be American writer Mitzi Perdue. In addition, the film materials will be presented to the faculty at Columbia University in New York.
The film "Bucha" is an artistic drama based on real events that occurred in the cities of Bucha, Vorzel, and Hostomel during the Russian occupation in February-March 2022. The film tells the story of the rescue of local residents by Konstantin Gudauskas, a citizen of Kazakhstan who lived in Bucha. With the onset of the Russian invasion, thanks to his Kazakh passport, he has the opportunity to travel to the territory occupied by Russian forces and evacuate civilians. Konstantin not only saves people but also witnesses the horrors of war and occupation with his own eyes.
According to the film's press service, shooting took place in the Kyiv region in March and April 2023, spanning 28 shooting days. The final scenes were filmed in August on Mount Hoverla. Post-production is currently underway, and the film is expected to be ready for release in spring 2024.
"We have two main goals. The first is to counter Russian propaganda worldwide. Cinema is one of the powerful tools for conveying messages to the world. If someone thinks that everyone in Europe and the United States knows exactly what happened to us and believes only us, then unfortunately, they are deeply mistaken. Russians have already produced and are showing propagandistic films 'Azovstal. Liberation' and 'Witness' with their version of events in Mariupol and Bucha. There is a likelihood that the world will watch Russian films and accept their narratives. We must convey the truth!
Our second goal is to honor the memory of the fallen. While working on the screenplay, we met with all the heroes or relatives of the deceased. The first thing we asked was whether they would be willing to share their story for the film and whether such a film is needed. And they all replied, 'Yes, we want the world to know about this,'" said the screenplay author and producer of the film, Oleksandr Shchur.
The main roles in the film "Bucha" were played by Polish actor Cezary Lukaszewicz and Ukrainian actor Viacheslav Dovzhenko.
The film's production involved 80 specialists and more than 120 actors.
The team received assistance from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the National Police of Ukraine, the Kyiv City Council, the Kyiv Regional Military Administration, and the Ukrainian film studio Film.UA Group.
During the script development, consultations were provided by psychiatrist and clinical psychologist Oleksiy Kruglyachenko.
The working materials of the film were presented and received support at the European Film Market of the Berlin International Film Festival, the La Biennale di Venezia film festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival.