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The trilogy about eternal values in life tells the stories of boys from Ukraine, Georgia and Italy who pass a way of formation.
The trilogy about eternal values in life tells the stories of boys from Ukraine, Georgia and Italy who pass a way of formation.
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The "My Childhood" project includes three short films directed by Iryna Pravylo based on stories by writers from Ukraine, Georgia and Italy.

The main heroes of the films are 6, 11 and 15 year old boys. Because of difficult life circumstances all three of them continue their further life without their father or both parents. The events take place in a postwar period. 

We find the boys during the development of understanding themselves, their connection with the eternity, with their families and native lands. 

We are witnessing how the heroes begin to realize themselves, their calling and destination, all the complexity of the world and the importance of a complete family. 

The leading roles in films are performed by the inhabitants of the locations where the movies have been filmed. 

San Pancrazio in Val di Pesa, Italy
San Pancrazio in Val di Pesa, Italy
Nyjnij Bereziv, Ukraine
Nyjnij Bereziv, Ukraine
Hidistavi, Guria, Georgia
Hidistavi, Guria, Georgia

Two films of the trilogy have already been finished: Peasant's angel - A Christmas story based on the story by the Ukrainian writer Stepan Vasylchenko and Blood, based on the story by the Georgian writer Nodar Dumbadze

In October 2014, 80% of the third part of the trilogy – “My university“,  based on the story by the Italian author Nino Palumbo was filmed in Tuscany, Italy.

Painting of the film location in Italy by the production designer Sergiy Vutyanov
Painting of the film location in Italy by the production designer Sergiy Vutyanov

BLOOD 

This story is about the incomprehensible force of blood, especially its calling. The protagonist - 11 year old boy Nodar lost his parents and now has to choose if he either lives with his grandmother (his mother's mom) or grandfather (his father's dad ). 

"The blood has brought you to me. Blood - is incomprehensible, great force, my little grandson!" N. Dumbadze
"The blood has brought you to me. Blood - is incomprehensible, great force, my little grandson!" N. Dumbadze

PEASANT'S ANGEL 

This Christmas story is about the six year old boy Ivanko who is waiting for a miracle. More than anything Ivanko wants kutya (Ukrainian Christmas dish) with honey on Christmas Eve. But it is the postwar period outside and the boy lives alone with his mother. Ivanko goes to church where he sees the icon of the Peasant's Angel. He begins to talk to the Angel and asks him for "at least one cracked pot of honey." 

"And he will stand like this, on his knees until his Heavenly Father will order him to stand. And he will command him to stand up, only when all the angels in the Heaven will sing "Glory to God in the High and peace on earth..." S. Vasylchenko
"And he will stand like this, on his knees until his Heavenly Father will order him to stand. And he will command him to stand up, only when all the angels in the Heaven will sing "Glory to God in the High and peace on earth..." S. Vasylchenko

MY UNIVERSITY 

15-year-old Giovanni lives with his family in central Italy in the postwar period. His father died during the war that recently ended. A young man reads "Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri, a book Giovanni inherited from his father. He tries to understand the deeper meaning of the work of the famous Florentine.

"I thought I found the second father, the one I've been searching for years. I listened to him until 23.15. My university began since that evening." N. Palumbo
"I thought I found the second father, the one I've been searching for years. I listened to him until 23.15. My university began since that evening." N. Palumbo

ACTUALITY 

When the idea of the project was born in 2010, it was hard to imagine that stories of children of war will be so similar and close to current Ukrainian history. 

"Ukrainian tank" childs drawing
"Ukrainian tank" childs drawing
Ukrainian children drawing with chalk
Ukrainian children drawing with chalk

The peculiarity of the project is that the authors are trying not only to raise questions but also to find answers. We find heroes in difficult times, but are also witnessing important events in their lives and on the path of their personal development. 

AWARDS 

The first two parts of the trilogy were already shown at many film forums in Ukraine and around the world and we won such prestigious awards as: 

  • Order of Honor from the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili "for the contribution to cultural cooperation between Ukraine and Georgia";
  • Gold Medal of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine "for significant creative achievement";
  • Medal of the President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano “For the contribution in development of world cinema”. /63rd International Film Festival of short films in Montecatini (Italy)

WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

The collected money from Kickstarter will be used for: 

  • the last shooting period of the film "My university" 
  • scan of the film in 2K format
  • post-production of "My university"
  • sound mastering 
  • merging the three parts into one film called "My Childhood" in Cinema Digital format

Please join the project and help us to finish and bring the film finally to life!

Risks and challenges

The realization of this international project became a really big challenge for young filmmakers from Ukraine. Two parts of the project creative team are carried by own efforts and by thanks to the support of individuals. Despite all difficulties related to the situation in our country, the "My childhood" trilogy is close to be finished.

With your support we are confident that we will succeed and bring this immensely necessary idea to life!

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    You will get a link to download images of sketches to the films. We will e-mail you our stories "Blood", "Peasant's Angel" and "My University" in original language and with English translation. Plus: Access to exclusive updates with the news about the project, photographs and articles.

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    Online chat with the authors. A printed poster signed by the film's director. Plus: a link to download a poster to the film and sketches in high resolution. We will also e-mail you our stories "Blood", "Peasant's Angel" and "My University" in original language and with English translation.

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    Skype call with the film's director, Iryna Pravylo. You will hear interesting behind-the-scenes stories happening during the pre-production stage. You will also get a link to download the soundtrack to the film Peasant's Angel performed by Taras Kompanichenko from "Horeya Kozatska". Plus: everything above.

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    You will get a signed copy of the script. Plus: Printed poster signed by the film's director. Printed sketches to films signed by the production designer of the project, Sergiy Vutyanov. On the premier day you will get online link to the film "My Childhood".

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    A special reward for you! You can choose one of the series of postcards with sketches to films, photos of protagonists and paintings of landscapes where the filming took place signed by the film's director, Iryna Pravylo, and production designer of the project, Sergiy Vutyanov. On the premier day you will get online link to the film "My Childhood".

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    "Special thank you" credit in the film; You will get a copy of the special edition of "My Childhood" book that includes three stories: "Blood", "Peasant's Angel" and "My University" in Ukrainian, Georgian, Italian and English. On the premier day you will get online link to the film "My Childhood".

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    "Supporter" credit in the film. You will get a Blue-Ray disk of "My Childhood". Plus: You will get a copy of the special edition of "My Childhood" book that includes three stories: "Blood", "Peasant's Angel" and "My University" in Ukrainian, Georgian, Italian and English. You can choose one of the series of postcards with sketches to the films, photos of protagonists and paintings of landscapes where the filming took place signed by the film's director, Iryna Pravylo, and production designer of the project, Sergiy Vutyanov.

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    "Supporter" credit in the film. We will invite you to the big premier in Ukraine! We will give you full hospitality in Kyiv - transfer from the airport, accomodation for two nights, and a special tour around the capital of Ukraine. You will be our special guest at the premier of the trilogy. Also you will get a Blue-Ray disk of "My Childhood" and a copy of the special edition of "My Childhood" book signed by the cretive team. You will also get special props used in shooting one of the trilogy films.

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