Ukrainian-Polish historical drama ‘Carol of the Bells’ set to premier on Netflix

A frame from the film Shchedryk
A frame from the film Shchedryk

The Ukrainian-Polish historical drama “Carol of the Bells,” which focuses on the events of the Second World War, will premiere on the Netflix streaming service on Dec. 13, allowing viewers around the world to watch the film, which debuted in Ukrainian theaters in Jan. 2023.

The film features Polish and Ukrainian actors speaking Polish, Ukrainian, German, and Yiddish. The story unfolds in 1938 in Ivano-Frankivsk, then Stanislav, as Nazi Germany begins its conquering campaign, striking a deal with the Soviet Union through the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact to divide Poland. Since then, Stanislav's government has changed rapidly, as has the world around it.

The movie tells the story of the cultural unity of three families: Ukrainian, Polish and Jewish. In the face of evil and cruelty, they unite in their struggle for survival while trying to maintain hope for a peaceful and bright future. The Ukrainian melody Carol of the Bells, which gives the movie its title, becomes a symbol of goodness and light for the characters in the film.

It is a collective image of real-life stories from the late 30s and early 40s of the twentieth century, said the director of the film Olesia Morhunets-Isaienko.

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The cast includes Ukrainian and Polish actors: Yana Korolova, Andrii Mostrenko, Polina Hromova, Anastasiia Mateshko, Joanna Opozda, Myroslav Hanychovskyi, Khrystyna Ushytska, Oksana Mukha, Alla Binyeeva, Tomasz Sobczak, Yevheniia Solodovnyk, Tetiana Krulikovska, Darina Haladiuk, Milana Haladiuk, Andrii Isayenko, and others.

Carol of the Bells had its world premiere on March 4, 2022.

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