Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This epic, which won the grand prize at the Moscow Film Festival in 1971, chronicles a family's struggle for survival in an area that was claimed as part of Rumania, Poland and the Ukraine, all within a short span of time. The family is very poor, and has a great many children. Operating under the childish impression that the stork is to blame for bringing so many children to his family, a young boy attempts to kill a stork, but is prevented by his mother, who tells him a different story. His father has had the difficult choice of smuggling contraband across the ever-shifting border, or selling his sons into indentured servitude in order to help the family survive. When World War II comes, various family members choose different masters; some even choose to work for the Soviets. War, struggle, marriages, births, deaths--all these events punctuate the story of this large family. Belaya Ptitsa s Chernoi Otmetinoi, or Bily Ptakh Z Chornoyu Oznakoyu was filmed in the Ukrainian language and was directed by the famed Ukrainian cinematographer, Yuri Ilyenko. It is notable for the way its rich, poetic imagery splashes across the screen, and is considered to be an important part of Ukrainian film heritage.
large-family, poverty, survivor, war
High Artistic Quality