‘Dedicated to our future springs and brave Ukrainians’
Ukraine’s Animagrad studio (FILM.UA Group) presents a video featuring a new scene from the most anticipated Ukrainian animated film MAVKA. THE FOREST SONG accompanied by a soundtrack “Vesnyanka” (spring folk song) by DakhaBrakha ethno band and showcasing a Ukrainian ritual dance of greeting a new spring. For the first time, the viewers will be able to see Mavka’s new unique image — she is wearing authentic Ukrainian garments. The creative team dedicated the video to the unbroken spirit and courage of Ukrainians. Watch the video on Youtube.
In this new video, the main character, Mavka, wears a traditional folk costume. This is one of the images of The Forest Guardian, created by artists of the project and Ukrainian costume designer Olga Navrotska. Mavka’s outfit is a compilation of original elements from different regions of Ukraine.
“Over the course of the film, Mavka changes her outfits quite a few times. Each new image — is a brilliant work of artists and animators. We made a great effort to show the beauty of Ukrainian garments since that is part of our national heritage too. Today, this idea became an even more significant mission of ours”, says Egor Olesov, film producer.
The video contains a part of the scene with Mavka, Lukas, and other animated characters at the village fair, where villagers celebrate spring. The music playing in this episode is an original springtime song “Vesnyanka” performed by DakhaBrakha — a prominent Ukrainian ethno band, which gathers concerts around the globe, promoting rich Ukrainian folk culture — in this case, mixed with contemporary motifs. The band also created the main soundtrack for MAVKA, which is heard in the very first teaser of MAVKA. THE FOREST SONG published in 2017.
‘Viewers will be able to hear our soundtracks and even “attend” our performance. Our characters are an essential part of the story, they are musicians from the village and friends of Lukas, who support him on his way to the dream of becoming a professional musician. It is an unbelievable experience — starring and voicing ourselves.’, said Marko Halanevych, a musician from DakhaBrakha.
MAVKA. THE FOREST SONG — is one of the most anticipated animated films in Ukraine, that has already reached a wide international audience and become well-known globally way before its release.
Being displaced in different countries, the team of the film continues working on the final stages of the production, so that it will be delivered according to the plan, in Q4 2022.