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2014 HOVERLA Ukrainian American Film Festival

                          2014 HOVERLA Ukrainian American Film Festival

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

650 Schenley Dr.

Pittsburgh, PA, 15213


Attention: Due to technical problems on October 19th the program had been changed:


Sunday, October 26


5:30 p.m.

Іван-Сила/ Ivan the Powerful

by Victor Andriyenko 

This family-friendly film tells the true story of the Western Ukrainian strongman Ivan Fritsak.  

IMDb description of the movie: "Ivan the Powerful' is a film telling an outstanding life story of Ivan Firtsak who was born in June, 1899 in a Ukrainian village Bilky, Irshava district in Zakarpattia Oblast. At the age of 18 he became a performer with a Czechoslovak circus and travelled to At the age of 18 he became a performer with a Czechoslovak circus and travelled to 64 countries of the world, astonishing everybody with his victories. He was a weightlifting champion of Czechoslovakia, a bodybuilding champion of Europe. He earned the nickname Strong Ivan Croton for his incredible strength. Ivan Firtsak won a great number of single combats with famous wrestlers of the world. From hands of the Queen of England he received a helmet and a belt decorated with cold and diamonds. American press called him the strongest man of the XX century. In 1937 in the prime of his fame he came back to the homeland."



7:30 p.m.

Тіні незабутих предків/ 

Shadows of Unforgotten Ancestors.[Unforgotten Shadows]

by Lubomyr Levytsky


In the film, a group of young students rises to the occasion and helps Carpathian magicians maintain the balance of the forces of good and evil. 

(Warning: suspence, violence

IMDb description of the movie: "A young college student and a group of friends find themselves victims of demons unwillingly released during a mishap at a prestiguous University. To reverse the curse and save themselves, they travel to the forbidden mystical forest in western Ukraine. There, they must locate the legendary Molfars that can help rid them of demonic possession and save each of them from certain death. Danger lurks in the forest and personality clashes add to the tension as the young students fight for survival."






LINKS to selected previews, comments and interviews:

Babylon’13 Manifesto

Ihor Chajka talks about his documentary Острів Крим. Дежавю/The Island of Crimea. Déjà vu on Hromadske.TV

Lubomyr Levitsky presents Shadows of Unforgotten Ancestors

Women of the Maidan (Published by FulbrightUkraine -The 2014 Women of the Maidan Photography Exhibition on display in the Maidan Nezalezhnosti features photographs taken by 25 photographers from Ukraine, United States, Portugal and Russia.

Ivan The Powerful/Strong Ivan, film by Victor Andrienko


* Hoverla is the highest mountain in Ukraine

OCTOBER 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2014 

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