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    XII edition


    A biopic story about the most known Ukrainian poet and writer Lesya Ukrainka who lived in the end of the 19th beginning of the 20th century in Ukraine. The film is following of Lesya’s short life fighting against rare disease from childhood to the last days and shows her in two parallel worlds – realistic one and imaginary – both are closely connected and mirror all life turns.

    The film begins with an encounter of Lesya’s husband Klement Kvitka and her younger sister Olga 16 years after Lesya’s death when Olga is trying to convince Klement to tell more about his wife, but he rejects. A flashback to the childhood of Lesya reveals the reasons of her disease, her path as a poet and thinker. Being disabled basically all her life long Lesya was always looking for love, but was constantly finding disappointments and rejections which she fulfilled in her work as a poet. Her first encounter Georgian student Nestor Hambarashvili chose another woman to merry him. Shortly after Lesya meets Sergey Merzhynsky, the biggest and most painful love of Lesya. This is the story of the unrequited tragic love that ruined her. Merzhynskyy dies in Lesya’s arms in Minsk, where she went to take care after him in spite of everything. Completely ruined, she returns to Kyiv and tries to work. At this time, she is in a state of deep depression. Lesya recalls of a writer Olga Kobylianska, who she admired and initiates correspondence with her and meet in Kempolung. Their creative and personal relationship develops. The most secret page of Lesya’s biography unfolds. But again a deep disappointment occurs. Exhausted and broken from all the turns Lesya finds true and peaceful love with her husband Klement Kvitka who was in love with her long time ago and spent the rest of her life next to Lesya.


    Sasha (Oleksandra) Lavrenchuk

    Sasha graduated from the Institute of International Relations at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and attended Advanced Literary Courses at Maksym Gorky Literature Institute. She wrote for various television dramas such as ‘Bessmertnik’ (“Snowdrop” 2014), ‘Ne Zarekaysya’ (“Never say never” 2015), ‘Na Linii Zhyttya’ (“On the Line of Life” 2016), and worked as editor of unscripted television programs. Her first short fiction film ‘Acoustics of Void’ is now in production. Sasha is a poet with three poetry collection books published: ‘1’ (2003), ‘Tourmaline’ (2009), “The Toothless  Goluba’s Getting Her Teeth” (2007, poetry for children).

    Udayan Prasad

    “ScripTeast is the programme all the advisors wish they could have attended at the start of their careers. It would have saved all that stumbling around in the dark looking for the key that stimulates the imagination so much more effectively.”

    BAFTA nominated, director of “My Son the Fanatic”, “The Yellow Hankerchief” and ”Opa!”, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, UK

    Tom Abrams

    “ScripTeast’s top-notch team of professional advisors, each year’s talented group of participants, and venues in Poland, Germany and France continue to make it the very best development workshop in the world today.”

    ScripTeast Head of Studies, Associate Professor – Screenwriting and Production at School of Cinematic Arts, USC, screenwriter and director, author of the script for the Oscar-nominated film “Shoeshine”, USA

    Scott Alexander

    “ScripTeast is a fascinating mix of cultures, political ideas, and voices. I learned a lot, and I think the participants learned a lot more. If only they served vodka!”

    Golden Globe awarded author of “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Ed Wood” with two Oscars, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, USA