At the Tribeca Film Festival, «The Rule of Two Walls», a film that explores Ukraine through the lens of artists living and creating in the midst of a war, will be shown in the documentary film section.
Stepan Burban («Palindrom»), Lyana Mytsko (founder of the Lviv Municipal Art Center, concert organizer), Bohdana Davydiuk (artist and illustrator), Serhii Petrov (aka artist Bob Basset), Kinder Album (artist from Lviv), Diana Berg (author of «Shelter») appear in the film. The festival will take place in New York from June 7 to 18, 2023.
The project was directed by David Gutnik, an American of Ukrainian descent, who began work on the film in Poland: «In April 2022 I boarded a plane to Warsaw with a one-way ticket and intended to get to Ukraine by bus. My sister, parents, and grandparents belonged to the previous generation of Ukrainian refugees. In Warsaw, I interviewed Ukrainian immigrants, thinking that I would make a documentary about Ukrainians who, like my family, left because of the war. But when I crossed the border into Ukraine, it became clear that I was going to make a film about the remaining Ukrainians».
This is not David Gutnik’s first film to screen at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2020, his debut feature MATERNA won «Best Cinematography» and «Best Actress». Gutnik was also nominated for «Best New Director».
Executive producers of «The Rule of Two Walls» were Liev Schreiber (actor in «Ray Donovan» and «X-Men Origins: Wolverine»), Olha Beskhmelnytsina and Natalia Libet («Parthenon», «Stop-Zemlia») and others. It is not yet known when the film will premiere in Ukraine.
The festival will also premiere «Scream of my blood: a Gogol Bordello story», a documentary about the influence Ukrainian and Roma culture had on Eugene Hütz, the lead singer of the band Gogol Bordello. Read more about all the films on the festival website.
The Tribeca Film Festival is an annual film festival. It takes place each spring in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. It was founded by Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal, and investor Craig Hatkoff in 2002 to economically and culturally stimulate the neighborhood after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. A documentary about Marvel Comics author Stan Lee will premiere here in 2023, as well as a film about transgender woman Narcissa Wright trying to set a world record in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Break the Game).