Youth in Ukraine: “The Hamlet Syndrome”
“The Hamlet Syndrome” leads back to the time before the Russian war of aggression. The documentary won an award at the Locarno Film Festival.
Shaped by the Maidan revolution almost a decade ago and the political upheavals of recent years, young adults are looking for their future in the Ukraine. Five from the “Generation Maidan” are portrayed in this documentary by the directing duo Elwira Niewiera & Piotr Rosołowski. The intensity brought the film the Grand Prize of “Critic’s Week” at the Locarno Film Festival 2022.
starting point of documentation, filmed months before Russia invaded Ukraine, is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s royal drama Hamlet. In the artistic work, the participants reflect on their own experiences with violence, abuse of power and self-doubt. Hamlet’s famous question about “to be or not to be” becomes a mirror of today’s existential questions.
This is particularly exciting and emotionally stirring when the film explores the private lives of the protagonists. Different life plans collide. The result is a wide-ranging panorama of Ukrainian society, a society on the move. The raid of Russia on Ukraine brutally choked off this departure. This makes the film a harrowing document of contemporary human history.
The Hamlet Syndrome, Germany, Poland 2022, 85 min., by Elwira Niewiera & Piotr Rosołowski