THE KYIV TRILOGY (1997 – 2003)

THE KYIV TRILOGY.  Part 2.  Birkenwalzer (Birch Waltz)

Hugo Schaer, Ukraine / Switzerland, 2002
Nominated for a prize of international festival VIPER in Basel, Switzerland

An ode to the Ukrainian winter, whose coldness makes its presence felt harshly in „Birkenwalzer“: ice fishermen tugging perfunctorily at their fishing-lines, a swimmer diving into the sluggish, gloomy water, athletes at exercice machines under a frosty sky. The scenes, whose limited, confined movements are constantly in danger of freezing, are aligned on a rigid tile structure placed on two edges of the image.