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Crystal Swan (15*)

Chronic Youth Film Festival 2019

Crystal Swan

Propulsive both in its soundtrack and storyline, Crystal Swan will inspire '90s nostalgia whether you’ve lived through the era or not.

In post-communist Belarus, recent graduate Velya (Alina Nasibullina) attempts to forego Minsk in favour of chasing the American Dream and aspirations of becoming a techno DJ in Chicago. When due to complications on her Visa application things take a turn for the worst, she is forced to resort to desperate measures.

Appearing almost light-hearted due to its colourful art direction, Crystal Swan soon reveals a harsher reality that packs an emotional punch. The tongue-in-cheek rebellion of the electronic scene of the 1990s, is juxtaposed against the struggles of a broken country.

Darya Zhuk’s energetic first film feels both contemporary and forward-thinking, making you yearn for times gone by while offering a determined heroine for the present day.

Belarus 2018 Dir Darya Zhuk 95 min

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