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Mavka – Ukraine’s own Cinderella

Mavka – Ukraine’s own Cinderella

Cinderella – the folk heroine beloved around the world – is about to meet her match, and she’s Ukrainian. Kyiv’s Animigrad Studios is set to introduce Ukraine’s beloved forest nymph to a cinema near you late next year. Based on a Lesya Ukrainka play of the same name, the film will tell the story of Mavka, a beautiful forest nymph who must choose between her duty as forest guardian and her human love interest, Lukash. Featuring some of Ukraine’s most beautiful areas as scenery, including the Carpathian Mountains, the Buky Canyon, and a Vilkovo village, the film aims to introduce Ukrainian culture and folklore to a mass audience.

Mavka has generated serious buzz, including high-praise from Disney executives, by attracting some of Ukraine’s biggest names in animation, fashion, and music. Designer Olga Navrotskaya is handling the film’s costume design and has released a Mavka-inspired fashion line, while Ukrainian ethno-rockers Dakha Brakha have provided original music. Funded in part by the Ukrainian State Film Agency, the film is set for release in late 2018.

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