The first official trailer of The Forbidden, the biopic about prominent Ukrainian poet and dissident Vasyl Stus has been released on the Web.
The film's official motto is 'Whoever stands against the terror, rise!', which is Stus's line that led to his arrest and imprisonment. The movie tells the real-life story of the unbowed artist, the story of love and betrayal, human dignity and obnoxiousness.
The plot focuses on the last several years of Stus's life, his struggle with the system and the attempts to release his final collection of poems, which he tried to pass outside the prison so as to be released. A considerable part of the plot is focused on his stay at a prison cell, where the Soviet investigators applied a combination of brute force and psychological operations to make him cooperate. Stus did not break, and eventually died in his cell; the official conclusion was that he deceased of a heart attack, but modern Ukrainian researchers assume he could be murdered.
The main cast includes Dmytro Yaroshenko, Oleg Maslennikov, Yevhenia Hladiy, Vitaliy Saliy.
The full-length drama will be first aired in Ukraine's cinema theaters on September 5.
Previously, Viktor Medvedchuk, the Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life Party, Ukrainian politician of pro-Russian views and former Stus's lawyer, called the film an 'American provocation'. Medvedchuk, who was appointed Stus's defender in the Soviet court never helped his defendant walk free. The absence of the lawyer's defense actions contributed to the poet's further detention.