A full-length feature film with the working title Chervona Ruta will tell about Ukrainian composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist Volodymyr Ivasyuk.
According to the project's Facebook page, his bright creative life and mysterious death became a symbol of the struggle of Ukrainians for cultural self-identification.
The author of the idea and director of the future film is Tymur Yashchenko, known for the military drama Cherkasy about the resistance of Ukrainian sailors during the occupation of Crimea in 2014.
Ukrainian playwright Natalka Vorozhbyt will work on the script together with Yashchenko, whose film Bad Roads will represent Ukraine at the Oscars.
The film will be produced by PRONTO FILM under the direction of Maksym Asadchy, the producer of such films as Mamai, Braty (Brothers), Povodyr (The Guide) and Dovbush. The release date of the movie has not yet been announced.
Volodymyr Ivasyuk is a Ukrainian composer and poet. Hero of Ukraine (2009, posthumously). One of the founders of Ukrainian pop music. Author of 107 songs, 53 instrumental works, music for several shows. Professional physician, violinist, played piano, cello, guitar, singer, painter.
On May 18, 1979, he was found hanged in the Bryukhovytsky Forest near Lviv. The official Soviet version - suicide - was questioned by the public both then and now. According to the unofficial version, Ivasyuk was murdered by the KGB on the orders of the top leadership of the USSR. Ivasyuk's funeral on May 22, 1979 in Lviv turned into a mass protest against the Soviet authorities. The Prosecutor General's Office has repeatedly reopened the case. On June 13, 2019, Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise concluded that Ivasyuk could not physically commit suicide.
Earlier, the Ukrainian film Mother of the Apostles won two awards at the film festival in Spain.