A Story of the Forest: Mavka

A Story of the Forest: Mavka (1980)

  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  • Release Date: 1980-07-23
  • User Rating: 6.1/10 from 15 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 23min
  • Language: Український
  • Production Company: Dovzhenko Film Studios
  • Production Country: Soviet Union
  • Director: Yurii Illienko
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Mavka, a water nymph, loves Lukash, a country youth. Their brief happiness ends when Lukash is forced to marry the shrewish Kilina. The Spirit of the Forest turns Lukash into a wolf as punishment for his infidelity. The strength of Mavka's love breaks the spell, but Kilina curses the nymph, transforming her into a weeping willow. This beautiful and tragic story is based on a play written in 1912 by Lesya Ukrainka, a Ukrainian poet, writer and political, civil and female activist, and includes mythological characters taken from Ukrainian folklore.

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  • Liudmyla Yefymenko

    as Mavka
  • Viktor Kremlev

    as Lukash
  • Maya Bulgakova

    as Lukash’s Mother
  • Ivan Mykolaichuk

    as Uncle Leo / Wood Goblin
  • Boris Khmelnitsky

    as Red (forest) Demon
  • Viktor Demertash

    as Koots
  • Lyudmyla Lobza

    as Kylyna
  • Nina Shatskaya

    as Water Sprite
  • Svetlana Sergeyeva

    as Meadow Fairy
  • Ivan Khodulin

    as Kylyna’s child
  • Pylyp Illienko

    as Kylyna’s child
  • Vladimir Fyodorov

    as Hunger Imps
Directing Yurii Illienko Director
Writing Yurii Illienko Screenplay
Sound Anatoli Kovtun Sound
Camera Yurii Illienko Director of Photography
Sound Yevhen Stankovych Original Music Composer
Writing Lesia Ukrainka Theatre Play
Art Anatoliy Mamontov Art Direction