Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Crystal Swan @ Cleveland International Film Festival #ciff43

I was fortunate enough to attend the Cleveland International Film Festival this year and saw a lot of great films.  One of my favorites was Crystal Swan.  It’s intriguing to be able to see what life was like in the 90’s in Belarus, a landlocked republic between Russian and Ukraine.  This film takes place just after independence from the USSR and shows the struggle of an aspiring DJ trying to get to America.  Chicago actually, as she’s in love with house music and wants to experience its birthplace.  Ultimately this is an intimate look at the struggles that existed in that country during this time of upheaval, and showing the lengths some would go to find a better life.  This film oscillated between humor, pain and incredibly touching moments, all underscored by a fun soundtrack.  Topping it off, the festival provided a chance to talk with the director after the film. Check out the trailer below.

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