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RCB Film Club reopens with Ukraine’s The Legend of Hutsulka Ksenya

The RCB Film Club is reopening on Saturday 29 August, at 4.00pm, with the Ukraine film Hutsulka Ksenya, or The Legend of Hutsulka Ksenya. This is a multi-genre musical, with romance, comedy and folklore, set in the lush countryside of Ukraine, and is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

It has won over audiences at more than 20 countries around the world and received the Grand Prix Award at the Atami International Film Festival in Japan.

The film screening is supported by the Embassy of Ukraine, who will host a reception after the screening, with wine and snacks. The Ambassador of Ukraine, HE Andrii Beshta, will introduce the film.

The story opens with the people of the Hutsul community from a village in the Carpathian Mountains, seeing the image of the legendary female spirit Ksenya in the distant sky and wondering what it signifies.

The rest of the film takes us to a world of beauty and fantasy, with much of the action taking place at a hotel in the mountains, whose owner’s beautiful daughter is also called Ksenya, a free spirit who adores her countryside. Into this idyllic setting enters a Ukrainian-American family, consisting of young Yaro, who will inherit one million dollars from his late father if he marries a local girl of true Ukrainian spirit, his uncle Mike, who will inherit some money if Yaro does fulfil this condition, a stern aunt Helen, her romantically-minded daughter Mary, who will inherit Yaro’s fortune if  he does not marry, and who falls for a “Hutsul cowboy” the moment she arrives in the village. Another interesting character in this ensemble drama is an American butterfly-researcher, who reiterates the environment-theme of the story.

A major highlight of the story is the vibrant music of Ukraine’s famous music-band Dakh Daughters, who also double up as female helpers in the hotel. They belt out a wonderful range of folk, jazz, Broadway songs and dances, that create the whole fantasy-spirit of the magical film, and also delineate the varied layers of the story and characters.

Tickets: 100 baht: