Please join us next Tuesday 15 March at the Ciné Lumière for a special screening of Larisa Shepitko’s Wings (1966). All proceeds will go to With Ukraine, a special fund to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine’s civilian population established by the Embassy of Ukraine in the UK.

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Larisa Shepitko was a Ukrainian director, born in 1938 in the north-east of the Donetsk province. Her first years were lived under war, and her birthplace is now at the epicentre of Ukraine’s fight for sovereignty. She studied in Moscow under the foremost poet of Ukrainian cinema, Oleksandr Dovzhenko.

Wings, her first feature film after graduation, is set in Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula. Although her films were written and performed in Russian, her Ukrainian identity and her profound understanding of the true impact of war were at the heart of her creative practice.

As Shepitko once wrote: “To me, the war was one of the most powerful early impressions. I remember the feeling of life upset, the family separated. I remember hunger and how our mother and us, the three children, were evacuated. The impression of a global calamity certainly left an indelible mark in my child’s mind”. It is in this spirit that we show her debut film now.

The screening will be introduced by Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, and Dr Rachel Morley of the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University College London.

You can purchase tickets directly through the Institut Français website here.

If you would like to make a larger donation or add Gift Aid to your ticket purchase, please visit Kino Klassika here. Please let us know the number of tickets you would like for us to reserve on your behalf.