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The Shadow of Ancestors

Written and directed by Max HUREAU  

Documentary • 85 mn • 2018 

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Isolated on the edge of the Ukrainian Carpathians, live the Houtsoules. As they work seasonally, their songs and pagan rituals reveal the ambiguous relationship they have with their past. Armenians, gypsies and Jews, who shared with them the space of the remote mountains that served as a refuge for them all, resurface. Before the war massacred some and dispersed others, leaving the Houtsoules to fend for themselves.

Produced by
Les Films de l’œil sauvage (France)

In coproduction with

TVM Est Parisien (France)

La Société des Apaches (France)

With the support of

CNC – Fonds d’Aide à l’Innovation Audiovisuelle & Fonds de Soutien Audiovisuel

Région Sud

Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes


La Scam - Bourse Brouillon d’un Rêve 

MEDIA Europe Creative

International sales

Les Films de l’œil sauvage

National distribution

Tangente Distribution (France) 

Festivalsand awards

Traces de vie - Grand Prix

Pärnu International Film Festival

Étonnants voyageurs

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