A biographical film about Kazimir Malevich, the author of one of the most famous paintings in world history - "Black Square", will be shot in Ukraine.
The film will be directed by Daria Onyshchenko ("Eastalgia", "The Forgotten"), the script was written by Daryna and Anna Palenchuk. The project got into the script laboratory of the famous European program MIDPOINT, where the filmmakers will have the opportunity to consult with professionals from Netflix and HBO.
At the heart of the biopic is the story of the confrontation between the abstractionist Kazimir Malevich and the famous constructivist Vladimir Tatlin. Eccentric and extraordinary personalities, attractive and charismatic men, these artists were fighting for the recognition of their work through the course of their lives. But more successful Malevich became, more closely the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD) monitored him.
The film will include secrets of the great artist's life, the history of his childhood in Ukraine, his emergence as an artist under the influence of Ukrainian folk art, the creation of Suprematism as a new trend in art, depicting Holodomor tragedy, persecution of avant-garde artists by the Soviet regime and constant belief in an idea of free art.
"It is interesting that Malevich and Tatlin are still considered Russian artists, although they both spent their childhoods in Ukraine, spoke Ukrainian, both sang Ukrainian songs. Tatlin also played the bandura. And Malevich repeatedly stressed that his emergence as an artist was influenced by Ukrainian culture and Ukrainian history,” director Daria Onyschenko said.
Experts-art critics, historians from Ukraine and abroad were involved in the production. The main consultant of the project is Tetiana Filevska, known for her documentary about the life and work of Kazimir Malevich, as well as the author of books about Malevich's life in Ukraine.
Its release is scheduled for 2021.
As we reported earlier, this year's edition of the Odesa international film festival will take place in the online mode due to the pandemic of coronavirus.