Antologion / Антологион
(Experimental, Ukraine, 1996, 77’, BW, OV)
by Aleksandr Balagura
ANTOLOGION – from the ancient Greek «harvest, crown of flowers; harvest of poetic passages»… Antologion is a film of assemblage, – an attempt to imagine an Ukrainian film with its own plot, aesthetics, intonation, an attempt to create an organic interlacement, a cine- rhapsody, founded on fragments of classical films produced in Ukraine during the Soviet period. This film is a homage to the centennial of the cinema.
“The relation between poetry and memory are explored through the archival medium. The interplay between memory and its reconstruction, references to the fragility and durability of archival images, the regional identification of Ukrainian cinema and poetic experimentation, all characterize Balgura’s film. Although taken from different parts of film, the poetic images all appear to be questioning the same myth, “the myth of lost paradise”, and the need to sacrifice it. Perhaps this sacrifice of a lost paradise, the paradise portrayed in the mythical images of Ukrainian cinema, away from totalitarianism, is implemented by the making of this film. The film sacrifices and resurrects images for the spectator to reconstruct Ukrainian identity and its version of national memory.” Anna Doyle, « Poetry and Cinematic Memory », eefb.org