The Kinomania company presented a teaser and the first shots from the Ukrainian-Polish historical drama Shchedryk, which should be released in Ukraine on January 5, 2023.
The events of the film take place in Stanislaviv (Ivano-Frankivsk) during the Second World War. The penal system of the USSR was briefly replaced by the Nazi regime of the Third Reich. The movie tells about the history of the unification of the cultures of three families: Ukrainians, Poles and Jews. Uniting in the face of evil and cruelty, they try to survive, not giving up hope for a peaceful future. The Ukrainian melody Shchedryk becomes a symbol of goodness and light for the characters of the movie.
To reproduce the historical reality on the screen, the creators consulted with historians and local experts. According to the director of the film, Olesya Morgunets-Isayenko, the events shown in the film are a collective image of real stories of the late 1930s and early 1940s of the 20th century.
The film Shchedryk was produced by the Ukrainian studio Ama Vision and the Polish Stewpool with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine. Filming began at the end of November 2019 and lasted until February 2020, some scenes were filmed in August 2020 with a break for quarantine. Both Ukrainian and Polish actors starred in the films.