Khlib 1929
A demobilized Red Army soldier returns to his village. Inspired by the spirit of collectivism, he plows a field so that the kulak's portion now belongs to the community, and sows it with grain confiscated from the 'philistines'. His father, a man of traditional world outlook, lives in a pantheistic world of the Ukrainian ethos, where sin has a physical dimension. He does not believe that the stolen grain will sprout on the stolen land. When the grain finally sprouts, the old man admits that his son was right; for the sake of building a new world, the old laws of the universe should be broken.

DVD5 | PAL 4:3 | 00:44:16 | 2.62 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Ukrainian intertitles
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

Director: Nikolai Shpikovsky
Cast: Fedir Hamalii, Dmytro Kapka, Luka Lyashenko, Vladimir Uralsky
Country: Soviet Union (Ukraine)

An unknown Ukrainian film avant-garde masterpiece, this agitprop film, created in 1929, was banned and long forgotten: the first mentions of Bread appeared only in the 1970s. The movie’s epic language is especially laconic, while scenes of everyday life acquire a symbolic meaning. The special charm of the film comes from the unsurpassed camera work and innovative editing, which integrates the intertitles into semantics of the screenimages – clear, ascetic, expressive and remarkably suggestive. The soundtrack is created by Belarusian instrumental trio Port Mone, whose meditative music ideally fits the epic Bread.

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