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AN AWESOME TALE

Director: ROMAN SHYRMAN

UKRAINE • 2008 • SUBTITLED • COLOUR • DOLBY STE REO • 86 MIN


Billed by its makers as ‘the first Ukrainian musical feature film and a fairytale for the entire family’, An Awesome Tale is an entertaining but very strange modern take on Romeo and Juliet story. The action takes place in two weird kingdoms which are neighbours: the War Kingdom and the Unhappy Kingdom. The subjects of the former spend their lives waging senseless and failed battles, while those of the latter complain of their miserable fate. The princess of the Unhappy Kingdom falls in love with the price of the War Kingdom. Events unfold in a fictional time and that means the medieval knights are armed with modern submachine guns, drive jeeps and hold negotiations via satellite. Despite the knockabout humour and overall lightness of tone, one suspects that director Roman Shyrman is aiming for some kind of political allegory.

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