Section: Women's roles in socialism and beyond



Taras Dron
UA, 2020, 100 Min

Yulia is a successful athlete, a mixed martial arts fighter. Her life suddenly changes when she learns that her boyfriend has died in the war in eastern Ukraine. The public expects her to wear the mourning veil and, from this moment forth, play the role of the war hero's widow. And yet Yulia wants to determine the direction her life takes, and the role she plays in it, for herself.

And there is another exciting female role in the film: that of the mother of the missing soldier. Since his body has not yet been found, she clings on to the hope that he is still alive. Both female figures are juxtaposed: one wants to go on living, the other holds on to the past. The film thus engages with classic female roles from socialist war films: the mother, symbolic of the homeland, and the lover, representative of a peaceful modern society. BLINDFOLD thus not only tells an individual story, but can also be seen as a commentary on the effects of the war in Ukraine, ongoing since 2014, on the entire social structure of the country.

Glad-House, Kammerbühne: original version with English subtitles + German simultaneous translation

This film is part of the Ukranian Day at FilmFestival Cottbus.

Taras Dron, Jakub Prysak
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Maria Shub
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Taras Dron, Valeria Sochyvets

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