When the Trees Fall (Koly padayut dereva)


Century Larkspur Fri, Oct 12, 2018 6:00 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Sat, Oct 13, 2018 6:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:100 min.
Director:Marysia Nikitiuk
Producer:Igor Savychenko
Roman Klympush
Volodymyr Filippo
Screenwriter:Marysia Nikitiuk
Cinematographer:Michal Englert
Mateusz Wichlacz
Editor:Ivan Bannikov
Milenia Fiedler
Blazhe Dulev
Cast:Sonya Halaimova
Anastasiia Pustovit
Maksym Samchik
Mariia Svizhynska
Print Source:Latido Films
Note Writer:Emelie Mahdavian


Lush cinematography, deft art direction, and impressive performances round out a genre-blending tapestry, punctuated with healthy doses of sex and adventure. Against the wishes of her grandmother and her recently bereaved mother—who want her to stay put in their small hometown of Lozova and marry a pig farmer—teenage Larysa plots to run away with handsome young rebel Scar. Only her young cousin Vitka seems to understand Larysa, as village gossip and her family’s wrath follow her wherever she goes. While interweaving the stories of three generations of women coping with loss, When the Trees Fall focuses on the passionate tale of amour fou at its center. Larysa longs for Scar to sweep her away, but he has business to settle before he can give her the life she desires. First-time director Marysia Nikitiuk deftly entwines symbolic and narrative elements, crafting a magical tale of youthful rebellion.

Expected Guest: Director Marysia Nikitiuk  (All Screenings)

Additional Information

Marysia Nikitiuk makes her feature debut with When the Trees Fall. A graduate of Kiev’s Taras Shevkenko National University and Karpenko-Karyi University of Theatre, Film and TV, she wrote a number of short films that were screened in festivals like Locarno, Clermont-Ferrand, Cairo IFF, and Golden Apricot. In 2014, directed her first short In Trees. Mandragora (2015) and Rabies (2016) followed. When the Trees Fall was selected for ScripTeast, winning the prestigious Kieslowski Award. She is the author of a novel Abyss (2016), which won the Oles Ulianenko International Literature Award. She is developing a new feature, Seraphyma.