Khoma and his secondary school friends get lost in the woods and find themselves spending the night in the company of a witch; terrified, they return to school. Upon arriving back, Khoma is informed that he must pray for the soul of the ill daughter of a rich merchant. Ultimately he is locked in an epic supernatural battle over the course of three nights.
Based on a story by Gogol, Viy is in equal measures terrifying, hilarious, magical and awe-inspiring; with a mastery of special effects, it is a treat to behold.
We welcome UCL Emeritus Professor of Russian Literature and Culture, Faith Wigzell, to introduce the screening.
USSR 1967 Dirs Aleksandr Ptushko, Konstantin Ershov, Georgy Kropachev 72 min 35mm presentation