The Stone Cross

The Stone Cross

Directed by Leonid Osyka • 1968 • USSR/Ukraine

Western Ukraine in the 1890s. When elderly peasant Ivan Didukh decides to leave his Carpathian home in search of a better life in Canada, the village comes together to ceremonially mark his departure, understood as symbolic of the death of their old way of life. But Ivan must first reckon with a thief caught in his home, and his community’s brutal ideas about justice and penitence. Leonid Osyka set himself apart from other luminaries of the Ukrainian “poetic cinema” movement like Sergei Parajanov and Yuri Ilyenko with this alternately austere and exuberant parable, shot in stunning monochrome by Valery Kvas. Osyka’s almost documentary-like vision of village life on the brink of change is unsentimental but celebratory.

THE STONE CROSS • КАМІННИЙ ХРЕСТ
Directed by Leonid Osyka
Written by Ivan Drach
Cinematography by Valery Kvas
Music by Volodymyr Huba
Starring: Daniil Ilchenko, Boryslav Brondukov, Konstantin Stepankov

In Ukrainian with English subtitles

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The Stone Cross
  • The Stone Cross

    Directed by Leonid Osyka • 1968 • USSR/Ukraine

    Western Ukraine in the 1890s. When elderly peasant Ivan Didukh decides to leave his Carpathian home in search of a better life in Canada, the village comes together to ceremonially mark his departure, understood as symbolic of the death of their old...

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