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My Thoughts Are Silent

November 5, 2023, 2:00 PM

Post-film discussion with Prof. Elena Monastireva-Ansdell, Associate Professor of Russian, Colby College.

My Thoughts Are Silent, by twenty-seven-year-old Ukrainian filmmaker, Antonio Lukich, premiered at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival where it garnered the Special Jury Prize in the East of the West Program. Twenty-five-year-old Vadym (Andriy Lidahovskiy) is an aspiring musician and sound engineer working on a film set in Kyiv, Ukraine. In order to repay a loan, he takes a better-paying gig recording local wildlife for the production of a video game. In search of the call of a rare duck, Vadym has to get a ride with his mother, whose life is also complicated by her romantic relationship with a much younger Italian and her dream of moving to Italy. Both a hilarious and deeply reflective road movie, My Thoughts Are Silent scrutinizes independent Ukraine’s complex new realities through the eyes of the first post-Soviet generation. Collected in one film, like in a musical Noah’s Ark, church hymns, British pop (the Spice Girls’ “Viva Forever”), American cloud rap and synthwave (“Dust” by M.O.O.N. from the Hotline Miami video game; and Sam Kužel’s “William Alone”), as well as classical Ukrainian rock (Vika Vradii’s 1993 hit “This is My Sea”) create humor through incongruity, but ultimately weave together into a multicultural canvas that is modern Ukraine.

In Ukrainian with English subtitles.

(Not Rated, 104 min., 2019)

Free admission with suggested donation to the filmmakers' preferred charity, Uniters: "Raising money for the most urgent needs for hospitals, paramedics, military, and territorial defense of Ukraine." Learn more and donate at uniters.org.pl.



November 5, 2023
2:00 PM


Maine Film Center
93 Main St.
Waterville, ME
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