Sovist (found Ukrainian war film; 1968)

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This article has been tagged as NSFL due to its disturbing subject matter.


Film poster.

Status: Found

Date found: 1989

Found by: Dovzhenko Film Studio

Sovist (or Conscience) is a 1968[1] (according to end credits: 1969) Ukrainian black-and-white war film that was directed by Volodymyr Denysenko and produced by Dovzhenko Film Studio.


The story is set in a small village during the German occupation of Ukraine. When one of the local partisans kills a German officer, the occupants vow to kill the whole village if the perpetrator is not found and delivered to them.


The film was shot without financing, as a diploma work of the students of the Kyiv National Ivan Karpovych Karpenko-Karyi Theatre, Cinema and Television University, who participated in it. Filming was took place in the Kopyliv, Kyiv Oblast.


The film was never theatrically released because of the lack of a guiding role of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Komsomol[2].


The director's son, Oleksandr Denysenko, searched for a surviving film print with actor Mykola Oliynyk. In 1986, a film print was found in the Dovzhenko Museum at the film studio, but it was stolen again. In the fall of 1988, the film print in boxes was dropped off at the studio right outside in the rain, after which funding was obtained for the film restoration[3][4].

The film was restored in 1989 at the Dovzhenko Film Studio, after which the film was screened at the Montreal World Film Festival in 1990[5]. The film was also shown in 1991 at the First All-Ukrainian Film Festival[6].

External Links


  1. Незнищенна «Совість» (pp. 107-108). ISBN 966-505-068-0. Retrieved 02 Apr '24.
  2. Історія, можно сказали, документальна... (p. 111) ISBN 966-505-068-0. Retrieved 02 Apr '24.
  3. About Volodymyr Denysenko and his "Sovist" (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 02 Apr '24.
  4. Kino-Kolo's article about "Sovist" (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 02 Apr '24.
  5. Рекордсмены запрещенного советского кино (1951-1991) в зеркале кинокритики и зрительских мнений (pp. 67-68). Retrieved 02 Apr '24.
  6. Stanislav Bytyutskyy's article on film (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 02 Apr '24.