Mavka — a Soul of the Forest and its new Warden — faces an impossible choice between love and her duty as guardian to the Heart of the Forest, when she falls in love with a human — the talented young musician Lukas.
The project is based on a drama ‘The Forest Song’ by Lesya Ukrainka, as well on the images of Slavic mythology. The heroes and themes elaborated in the story will appeal to the widest audience around the world, but its authentic Ukrainian charm will bring something new to the animation genre. The plot of Mavka will catch the attention of both adults and children, either with its spirit and originality, or with humor and adventures.
Nature and its well-being will play one of the significant roles in the setup of the story. As one of the film’s elements meant to support that mission, Mavka’s Forest will be inhabited by endangered species of animals and plants to raise awareness about the extinction problem and the loss of natural habitats. A Home for the Lynx charity campaign was started together with WWF Ukraine – the partner of the movie.
Popularization and worldwide export of Ukrainian culture, its yet undiscovered uniqueness and authentic attributes (traditions, rituals, music, locations, ornaments etc) are among the project’s missions. Thus, established Ukrainian fashion designer Olga Navrotska will be in charge of character’s costumes. Her designs combine elements such as fantasy, national motifs, allusions of beautiful nature and echoes of myths, all of which resonate with the subject of the film and the worlds within it.
Sets and exteriors used in the film are based on real Ukrainian locations and famous touristic attractions: the Carpathian and Polissya forests, Vilkovo village, Buky Canyon.
Original soundtrack will be written by well-known Ukrainian musicians, and will be a mix of Ukrainian folk tunes in modern adaptations, as well as compositions created exceptionally for the movie. Ukrainian ethno-house band DakhaBrakha and Ukrainian musician Maksym Berezhnyak were the first ones to work on the OST.
Genre: fantasy, lovestory, comedy
Run time: 85 min.
Target audience: family
Format: 3D Stereo
Style: 3D animation
Sound: Dolby Digital
Language: English, Ukrainian, Russian
Production: Animagrad & FILM.UA
Producers: Iryna Kostyuk, Anna Eliseeva, Egor Olesov
Director: Oleksandra Ruban
Scriptwriter: Yaroslav Voytseshek
Art-director: Kristian Koskinen
Rights holder: Animagrad (FILM.UA Group)
Delivery date: 2020
Supported by Ukrainian State Film Agency