Instituto Cervantes of Chicago
31 West Ohio Street
Chicago, IL, USA 60654
Monday, Nov 6, 2023 | 6pm
EUNIC CHICAGO | Ukrainian Film Series | Nov 6 – Dec 11, 2023
Please join the EUNIC Chicago Cluster at Instituto Cervantes for the Chicago premiere of the feature documentary Boney Piles by Taras Tomenko.
Terykony / Boney Piles
Directed by Taras Tomenko
2021, Documentary, 1h08, Ukraine
Nastya was ten when a missile fired by Russian terrorists on New Year’s Eve changed her life forever. It took her father’s life and destroyed their house. Nastya’s school is only in 500 meters from the front line. War has become commonplace. Just a part of the landscape. The only means for Nastya’s family to survive is the scrap metal they scavenge while under fire. Senya is seven years old. He is a first-grader. In the seven years of his life, he has seen seven years of war and not a day of peace. Senya likes to climb on the boney pile to watch the sunset. His stepfather dig graves to earn money for a new suit and backpack for Senya. This is a film about the children who live in the war zone in Ukraine.
In Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles
Free and open to the public (registration on eventbrite required)
Taras Tomenko, a well known Ukrainian film director and screenwriter, was born in 1976 in Kyiv, Ukraine. He was trained at the Ivan Karpenko-Kary National University of Theatre, Cinema, and Television as a documentary filmmaker and at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv as a Ukrainian philologist. In 2001, he won the Berlinale Panorama Award for his documentary short The Shooting Gallery. Tomenko is a member of the European Film Academy. The Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University has screened most all of Tomenko’s films on Columbia’s campus, as well as at Harvard, Stanford, the University of Toronto, and other North American universities and cinemas. The unofficial US premier of his feature narrative The House Called Slovo, An Unfinished Novel, 2021, was held at Columbia University in April 2022.
EUNIC Chicago provides a space for European cultural institutions to come together, exchange ideas and collaborate on projects. We are dedicated to providing an authentic and meaningful European experience, bringing together the best of European cultures to share with the city of Chicago. By working together, we are able to foster an environment of mutual understanding and appreciation between Europe and the US. We strive to bring new perspectives to the forefront and provide a space for dialogue between cultures.
The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.
Instituto Cervantes of Chicago
The Instituto Cervantes is a non-profit organization founded by the Government of Spain in 1991. Its mission is to promote Spanish language teaching as well as that of Spain’s co-official languages, in addition to fostering knowledge of the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries throughout the world. The central headquarters of the Instituto Cervantes are in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, and in Madrid. The Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, Inc. was established in 1996.