Living Fire

(Zhyva Vatra (Жива ватра))
UKraine, 2015, 77 min.
Directed by
Ostap Kostyuk
cultural heritage / environment / mediu @en / tradiție @en / traditions

HotDocs Canada 2015 – official selection

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015 – nominated for Best documentary

Chicago International Film Festival 2015 – nominated for Gold Hugo

Zurich Film Festival – nominated for Golden Eye


The film follows three men of different generations living in the Ukrainian Carpathians: Ivan is an 82-year-old retired shepherd who lives a lonely life, having recently buried his wife. At the same time, ten-year-old Ivanko is just beginning his life and studying at the county boarding school, while 39-year-old Vasyl is raising young lambs on his farm. But when spring comes, all three men will head for the mountains following the shepherd’s calling that is becoming ever more difficult to sustain in the contemporary world.

The editor Petro Tsymbal will be joining us at Pelicam.