"Crystal Swan": film screening and Q&A
“Crystal Swan” by Belarusian-American director Darya Zhuk is the first Belarusian submission for an Oscar in 22 years. The film has been shortlisted in the Academy’s Best Foreign Film category. It does not have an American theatrical release date yet, but Darya Zhuk has agreed to hold a private screening for the NYU academic community.

The Crystal Swan (Russian title is “Хрусталь”) is set in Belarus in 1990s, and its main character DJ Velya is aching to escape her drab life, devoid of hope or even color, for the siren call of Chicago. She needs a visa, but an American consular worker is not convinced by her DJing credentials. She needs a more presentable story. In an attempt to patch together a resume more palatable for an immigration bureaucrat, Velya embarks on a trip deep into the Belarusian countryside. The film is an oddball comedy of manners that places a youth-angst story into a panorama of a nascent nation weighed down by the heavy post-Soviet baggage of economic absurdity and social frustration.

The screening will follow by a Q&A with the film director Darya Zhuk and screenplay writer, Helga Landauer.

Film trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eav__UGDdQ

The screening will take place on Tuesday, October 9, at 7pm in the Immersion Room of the Avery Fischer Center (Bobst Library, 7th floor).

Please note that the Immersion Room has a very strict "no food/no beverages" policy.

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